Investing in a humidifier is one of the best home health decisions you can make for you and your family. Congratulations on your new wellness tool!
Now that you have your device in hand, you may be wondering: where do I place my humidifier for optimal results? Great question! The general rule of thumb is to place your humidifier in the most frequently used room, avoiding placement on wood shelves or carpet flooring to avoid mold growth. Given that our bodies lose water at an accelerated rate overnight, having a humidifier in the bedroom is always a good idea.
Read on to learn why proper humidifier placement is crucial to maximizing the benefits of your device.
Where Should You Place Your Humidifier?
Where ‘o where in your should you place your humidifier? There is no blanket recommendation, and one size does not fit all. You should place your humidifier in the room and specific location that works best for you and your lifestyle. If you are someone who spends a good deal of time at home, it is recommended to have multiple humidifiers to keep the air hydrated throughout your home space.
The following sections outline the general guidelines that prove effective for optimal humidifier use in your home.
In Your Bedroom
You spend between 6 and 9 hours sleeping in your bedroom at night, which makes the bedroom the most frequently occupied location in your home. Placing your humidifier in the bedroom can help to improve the quality of your sleep, particularly if you have sinus problems, asthma, or any number of breathing issues.
All misting humidifiers have the potential to damage wood shelves and dressers, or promote mold growth on carpet if placed on the floor. If choose a misting humidifier and you cannot place your humidifier on a safe plastic (or comparable) surface, you should get a waterproof tray to place underneath your device.
Proximity to Your Bed
If you are choosing the Canopy humidifier, it is recommended for placement on your nightstand. That being said, the skin and wellness benefits will be felt no matter where Canopy sits given it can hydrate rooms up to 500 square feet.
More generally, here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether to place your humidifier directly adjacent to your bed:
- Misting humidifiers may dampen sheets, pillows, and comforters
- Light sleepers may be affected by the lights on the machine
- Unfiltered mist should not be placed next to your bed to avoid direct exposure to bacteria, white dust, or mold
Canopy humidifiers are designed for placement anywhere in your home without the limitations listed above. Canopy humidifiers release UV-filtered moisture into the air; no mist, just hydrated air so you can sleep happy, safe and comfortably. You don’t have to worry about water or mist damaging your furniture. The lights on Canopy’s display turn off at night and the aroma diffusion feature provides scented moisture for your home.
In Baby’s Room
Placing a humidifier in your child's nursery has a myriad of health benefits, particularly during the winter months when viruses thrive and cold, dry air can aggravate existing skin conditions.
It is safest to place a humidifier on a high shelf or dresser where both the device and the cords are out of reach from little, mischievous hands. The humidifier should also be placed far enough away from your child’s crib or bed to avoid covering them in mist.
Tips for Better Humidifier Use
In addition to placing your humidifier in a prime location within your home, you should also clean your device frequently and swap out dirty filters to make the most of your new wellness tool.
Clean Your Device Frequently
Above all else, maintaining your humidifier with frequent cleaning is the key to maximizing health benefits. Without proper cleaning, your humidifier can be a breeding ground for all sorts of funky bacteria, mold, white dust, and algae.
Most humidifiers require that you wipe down your humidifier after every use and allow the water tank to dry completely before refilling with water. With these traditional humidifiers, it is also recommended to do a deep clean of all components once per week to ensure proper device operation.
If you cannot manage to clean your humidifier as frequently as necessary, you can look for a device like Canopy that requires far less maintenance. Canopy’s Smart Persistent Airflow (SPA)™ technology prevents mold growth and all of the parts of the humidifier that touch water can be easily thrown in the dishwasher.
Change Your Filter
Regularly replacing your humidifier filter is crucial to ensure the release of clean, filtered moisture. Make sure to check your device handbook to learn how frequently you should replace your filter and set a calendar reminder so that you don’t miss a crucial swap.
Canopy humidifiers offer a subscription service that automatically sends you a new, replacement filter every 45 days. Less thinking, better filtering.