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The Best Location to Place Your Humidifier at Home

The Best Location to Place Your Humidifier at Home

You may be wondering how to humidify a room effectively through optimal placement of your whole room humidifier. Good news: humidifier placement is a key step in maximizing the benefits of adequate levels of humidity. 

In the following blog post, we will answer the following questions:

  • Where to put a humidifier in the bedroom?
  • Where to put a humidifier for a living room space?
  • What are the most important placement factors when deciding where to place a humidifier?
  • How do you identify the type of humidifier you own?
  • Where is it best to place your humidifier: on the floor or on the table?

Placement Factors to Consider

When choosing the best location to place your humidifier, there are a few factors to consider, which include: highest concentration of activity, room size, proximity to objects, proximity to windows, and safety for you and your family. 

Once you have reviewed and assessed the following placement factors, you can confidently place your humidifier in the best location for optimal health and wellness benefits. 

Highest Concentration of Activity

Place your humidifier with consideration for proximity to objects.

First and foremost when choosing where to put a humidifier, you need to determine where the highest level of activity is in your home; in other words: where do you (or the individual for which this humidifier is intended) spend the most time? Using this strategy to determine humidifier placement will allow you to maximize the efficiency of your humidifier device whether you use your humidifier for the living room, your bedroom, or your child’s nursery. 

While choosing where to put a humidifier is most efficient when determined by concentration of activity in your home, you could also place your humidifier in a room or location where you most need humidity. You can use a hygrometer, which can easily be found on Amazon or any home goods store, to survey the humidity levels of your home. If an entire room or section of your home has less than 40% humidity, you need to place a whole room humidifier in that particular area to ensure the maximum benefits of optimal humidity levels.

Room Size

Now that you have determined where to put a humidifier in your home with regards to rooms or sections of your home, you now need to determine the appropriate whole room humidifier size for your unique space. 

If you established that you need a humidifier for the living room, you need an approximate square footage of that particular room. The same goes for any other room in which you choose to place your humidifier. You will then need a humidifier with sufficient output that matches the size of your room. For instance, if you have a whole room humidifier in your bedroom of 425 square feet, you will need a humidifier with at least 425 square foot output. 

Canopy Humidifier has a 500 square foot output, which means that it will effectively humidify a room with 500 square feet or less. 

Proximity to Objects

Let’s say you decided that your whole room humidifier needs placement in your bedroom; now you need to decide where to put a humidifier in the bedroom. It is incredibly important to assess the layout of the room and take into consideration any objects that surround your desired humidifier placement location. 

Traditional humidifiers expel mist from the device, which can settle on surfaces or objects in its path. For that reason, when choosing where to place a humidifier, it is best to avoid electronics, wood fixtures, wood objects or decor, or any other object that could be damaged from moisture. In addition, it is best to place your humidifier in a location with sufficient space between your bed, curtains, or any other fabric-laden item that could grow mold from exposure to moisture. 

Canopy Humidifier provides a different humidifying experience than traditional humidifiers. Canopy is a no mist humidifier that fans pure, hydrated air into your room so you can virtually place your Canopy Humidifier anywhere you have space. No mist means no mess and no potential for mold on surfaces and adjacent fabric or furniture. 

Proximity to Windows

Don't place your humidifier next to a window to prevent algae buildup.

Another factor to consider when selecting where to place a humidifier is proximity to windows. Placing a traditional humidifier next to a window creates the potential for algae growth in the water tank; it is best to place traditional humidifiers away from direct sunlight or high indirect sunlight to avoid bacteria and microorganisms from growing and spreading into the mist expelled from your device. 

Canopy Humidifier is a no-mold humidifier with innovative technology that actually stops mold from growing in your water tank. UV lights embedded in the device kill 99.9% of bacteria and microorganisms while disposable paper filters capture any remaining bacteria from entering the hydrated air stream. 

Safety

Lastly, and certainly one of the most important factors to consider when deciding where to place a humidifier in your home is safety. If you have an infant, a small child, or a rambunctious pet, it is imperative to consider the safest place to place a humidifier that could not be knocked over or pulled down.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), cool mist humidifiers are the only safe way to humidify a room when children are present. Warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers are considered a burn hazard since a curious child could touch the heated water tank or pull the humidifier device down from a shelf and spill boiling water on their hands or face. 

What Type of Humidifier Do I Own?

Now that you know how to humidify a room most effectively through device placement, we want to provide a brief refresh on the types of whole room humidifiers and how they work to humidify a room. 

There are two key categories of humidifiers: cool mist humidifiers and warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers. 

Cool Mist Humidifiers

Cool mist humidifiers release cool mist from the device to slightly cool a room and achieve optimal levels of humidity. There are two subtypes of cool mist humidifiers: evaporative humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers. 

Evaporative Humidifier

An evaporative humidifier draws air from the room into the device and passes the air through a moistened wick adding moisture to the air molecules and fanning a cooled mist back into the room. 

Canopy Humidifier is a no mist evaporative humidifier that releases pure, hydrated air back into the room rather than a cool mist like traditional evaporative humidifiers. 

Ultrasonic Humidifier

An ultrasonic humidifier is the most popular type of humidifier. The ultrasonic humidifier works by vibrating a metal diaphragm at sonic speed and releasing the water from the water tank into the room as a fine mist. 

Warm Mist Humidifier or Vaporizer

A warm mist humidifier, otherwise known as a vaporizer, is a device that releases warm mist from the device with the potential to slightly elevate room temperature. A vaporizer works by boiling water to create water vapor, which is fanned into the room. 

Is it Best to Place a Humidifier on the Table or on the Floor?

Is it best to place your humidifier on a table or the floor?

When determining where to place a humidifier, you may wonder whether you should place it on the table or the floor. The simplest answer to this question is: if your humidifier is intended to be placed on the floor, then you should put it on the floor otherwise you should place your humidifier on a table. 

To provide further detail: some humidifiers are designed for floor use, and typically harbor wheels, a larger footprint, and safety features that either prevent spills or catch spills from the water tank. If the humidifier you purchased or intend to purchase is designed for floor use, you can safely place this humidifier on the floor. 

If, however, you have a traditional humidifier or a Canopy Humidifier, it is best to place your humidifier device on the table with consideration of the aforementioned placement factors.

The Best Humidifier for a Large Bedroom

The Best Humidifier for a Large Bedroom

So, you’re choosing a humidifier for bedroom use. More specifically: large bedroom use. How do you go about choosing the best humidifier for bedroom purposes while being cognizant of space, decor, and ease of use? 

The best humidifiers for a large bedroom have a high output, long run time, and a small footprint. Before we dive into the nitty gritty details, let’s refresh: what is a humidifier and what are the benefits? 

What is a Humidifier?

A humidifier is a device designed to elevate the moisture content, known as humidity, of indoor air. A humidifier works by either drawing in air from the surrounding room and fanning hydrated air back into the space or by dispersing moisture into the air through ultrasonic vibrations. 

The Types of Humidifiers

There are two categories of humidifiers, which include cool mist humidifiers and warm mist humidifiers. Each humidifier category has a bevy of benefits and is intended for a specific, unique purpose. 

Cool Mist Humidifiers

There are two types of cool mist humidifiers: ultrasonic humidifiers and evaporative humidifiers. Both ultrasonic humidifiers and evaporative humidifiers disperse cool mist into the surrounding environment to elevate moisture content. This category of humidifier has little effect on room temperature, though they may very slightly cool a warm room. 

Cool mist humidifiers are the best humidifiers for small children and pets, and are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for a home or nursery humidifier.  

Warm Mist Humidifiers 

Warm mist humidifiers, also known as vaporizers or steam humidifiers, disperse steam into a room by boiling water. The steam released into the surrounding room is slightly elevated in temperature and can effectively warm a cold room. 

The Benefits of Using a Humidifier

Benefits of Using a Humidifier

There are many benefits of using a humidifier for bedroom and home purposes. Maintaining a humidity level in your home between 40% and 60% can improve your health, the health of your family, and the health of your home. 

Using a humidifier for bedroom and home humidifying can provide the following benefits:

  • Relieving nasal congestion 
  • Alleviating dry or scratchy throat and cough
  • Reducing the symptoms of the common cold
  • Killing airborne viruses including COVID-19 
  • Improving allergy and asthma symptoms
  • Improving dry, itchy, and irritated skin and lips
  • Improving dry, itchy, and flaky scalp
  • Improving the visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improving the health and lifespan of your houseplants
  • Reducing static electricity buildup in your home
  • Improving the health of your wood furniture and flooring

What is the Best Humidifier for a Large Bedroom?

When choosing the best humidifiers for your large bedroom, there are 3 factors to carefully consider: output, run time, and footprint. The best humidifier for bedroom purposes has a high output, a long run time, and a small footprint. 

High Output

Humidifier output refers to the total space a particular humidifier device can effectively hydrate. A humidifier with a low output will hydrate a smaller space, while a humidifier with a high output can hydrate a larger space. 

When choosing the best humidifier for bedroom use, especially a larger bedroom, you want a device with a high output. Depending on the square footage of the bedroom you would like to humidity, you will need a device with comparable output. 

Long Run Time

Humidifier run time refers to the total amount of time your humidifier can operate before you will need to refill the water tank. Some humidifiers have a small water tank requiring more frequent tank refills while other humidifiers have a large tank that requires refills every other day or every few days depending on frequency of use. 

The best humidifiers for your large bedroom will have a longer run time, since the humidifier will require more water to effectively hydrate your space. 

Small Footprint

When choosing the best humidifiers for a large bedroom, the last thing you want is a clunky device that takes up a significant chunk of your spacious room. High output and long run time does not need to mean a large, bulky humidifier. The best humidifier for rooms with a larger square footage have a small footprint, with high operational efficiency. 

The Canopy Humidifier

The Canopy Humidifier

Canopy Humidifier is the perfect humidifier for bedroom purposes, whether large, small or somewhere in between. Canopy is an evaporative humidifier with maximum operational efficiency and unique, anti-mold technology. With a 500 square foot output and 36 hours of run time, you can spend less time refilling your device's water tank and more time enjoying the positive benefits of elevated humidity. The Canopy Humidifier dishwasher safe components also save you time, energy, and frustration to keep you relaxed while the elevated moisture works its magic. 

Canopy Humidifiers are small and mighty weighing in at 3lbs with 10” x 7” x 8.5” dimensions. The small footprint and sleek, white design of the Canopy Humidifier makes for a nightstand friendly companion that looks good and occupies a fraction of your space. 

Tips for Buying a Humidifier for a Large Bedroom

The process of buying a humidifier for bedroom use can be a daunting yet exciting process. The prospect of perfect home humidity levels, especially paired with the ample benefits of optimal humidity levels as listed above, can make anyone antsy with anticipation. 

There are a few, important questions to ask yourself when choosing the best humidifier for bedroom purposes. 

Why Do You Need a Humidifier in Your Home?

This question may seem overly simplistic, but knowing the primary and secondary purposes of your humidifier-to-be can help narrow your search. 

Do you need to elevate home humidity levels for your newborn? Do you need to elevate humidity levels during the dry, harsh temperatures of the winter months? Or, did your doctor recommend elevating your home humidity levels to improve your allergy or asthma symptoms? 

The best humidifiers for babies and pets, as mentioned above, are cool mist humidifiers for safety reasons. Vaporizers or steam humidifiers can effectively warm a large room during the winter months, though they are a hazard to small children and pets. With health concerns as severe as allergy and asthma symptoms, you need a humidifier with anti-mold technology. 

Make note of your home situation to determine your humidifier requirements.  

What is the Square Footage of Your Room?

The next step in the process of shopping for the best humidifier for room use is to determine the square footage of the room you would like to humidify. 

Whether you get out your tape measure and measure your room the old fashioned way, or you review your home blueprints, you need a rough square footage number. This number is the key to determining just how much output you need to humidify your large bedroom space. 

Where Will You Place Your Humidifier?

Where you place your humidifier determines the type of humidifier that's best for you.

If you have a rough idea of where you would like to place your humidifier for maximum humidity benefits, you can work backwards to determine how large of a humidifier you can fit in your designated space. 

The best humidifiers will not impair the feng shui of your home, but rather enhance your home decor and mesh nicely with your existing home style. 

How Much Humidifier Maintenance Can You Handle? 

Arguably one of the most important questions to consider during your humidifier shopping process is: “just how much humidifier maintenance can you handle with your current schedule?”

Cleaning your humidifier is an imperative component of humidifier ownership. A dirty humidifier can breed mold and bacteria that, if inhaled, can be hazardous to your health. If cleaning your humidifier sounds like a daunting chore, you may want to invest in a humidifier that is easy-to-clean. Or, if you don’t mind a white vinegar deep clean once a week, then you can opt for a traditional ultrasonic or evaporative humidifier. 

How to Treat Dry Sinuses Effectively

How to Treat Dry Sinuses Effectively

Dry nose and throat are a common condition caused by a wide variety of everyday triggers. Geographical location, dry home air, household allergens, and certain medications can lead to dry nasal passage and throat that may produce additional symptoms including dry sinus headache, dry mouth, sore throat, and more. 

In the case of severe dry sinus symptoms, you should speak with your doctor immediately. However, for mild dry sinus symptoms, there are plenty o

What are the symptoms of dry sinuses?

The symptoms of dry sinuses include cough and sore throat.

Healthy sinuses are effectively lubricated with a liquid substance known as mucus. When the sinuses lack sufficient mucus, you may experience dry nose and throat as a result of inflammation and irritation.

So, how do you know if your dry nose and throat is temporary or whether you suffer from chronically dry sinuses? Dry sinuses can lead to a wide variety of ailments including: dry sinus headache, dry mouth, sinus pain, and more. The entire list of dry sinuses symptoms are as follows:

  • Dry nose and throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Dry sinus headache or pain around the eyes
  • Red, inflamed nasal passage
  • Slightly altered sense of smell
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Dry mouth
  • Nosebleeds

What causes dry nasal passages and throat

Dry nose and throat can result from a variety of factors including where you live, the humidity levels of your home, your diet, and more. Let’s explore.

Geographical Location

Where you live can impact the condition of your mucus membranes. While our bodies typically adapt to the climate in which we live, that does not eliminate the symptoms that can arise from various climates. 

Dry, desert climates can zap moisture from the body and reduce lubrication in the nose and throat. Areas with a high altitude can similarly dehydrate the body as the air in these regions is dry and thin.

Dry Home Air

Dry home air contributes to dry sinuses.

Regardless of the moisture levels in your geographical location, your home air can be a major culprit for dry nose and throat. 40% to 60% humidity is the ideal humidity range for inside the home; unbeknownst to most, home humidity levels can drop significantly below 40%, around the lower to mid 20’s. Low humidity levels in the home can contribute to dry sinuses, dry skin, flaky scalp, increased susceptibility to colds and the flu, dry eyes, chronic cough, and more. 

Common Household and Environmental Allergens

Allergens are all around us, especially in the home. Mold and mildew exposure is common in bathrooms, the kitchen, or the living room while certain flowers, pollen, grass, and more can be swept into your home through your shoes and your clothes. Pet dander is another common household allergen that can trigger allergy symptoms, which often include inflamed and irritated sinuses that can lead to a dry nose and throat, among other symptoms. 

Medication Side Effects

Certain over-the-counter medications and doctor prescribed medications can dry out the nasal passage leading to dry sinuses, dry sinus headaches, nosebleeds, and more. Antihistamines are a common culprit for dry sinuses, though overuse of nasal sprays and decongestants can also lead to a dry nose and throat

When should you call the doctor about your dry sinuses?

Dry sinuses are often a result of the aforementioned triggers and require a few lifestyle tweaks to keep your dry nose and throat in check. Other times, your dry sinuses could be a symptom of a much more serious condition requiring the help of an ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor. 

If your dry sinuses are causing you moderate to severe pain, if you have frequent nose bleeds, or if your dry sinuses are accompanied by other health complications, you should contact your doctor immediately. 

A persistent dry nasal passage and throat could be a symptom of Sjögren syndrome or atrophic rhinitis, which require medical attention. Sjögren syndrome is an autoimmune disease, which causes the body’s immune system to target and destroy mucus production in the body. Individuals with this condition often experience dry nose and throat and dry eyes. Atrophic rhinitis is a condition that causes the nasal passages to produce thick, hard crust which can impair breathing. 

At Home Dry Sinus Remedies

Should your dry nasal passages and throat be accompanied by mild symptoms that are far more annoying than they are painful, you can effectively treat your dry sinuses at home. There is not a solitary dry sinus remedy that can magically re-lubricate your dry nose and throat, however, a combination of two or more of these dry sinus remedies may help to alleviate your sinuses and create happily moist sinus passages. 

Use a Home Humidifier

The most effective method for improving a dry nose and throat and reducing dry sinus headache frequency is to incorporate a humidifier into your bedroom, or any room in which you spend most of your time.

Dry home air or a home with low humidity levels, as we discussed earlier in this blog, can zap moisture from the body quickly and unapologetically. A humidifier elevates the humidity content of a room by releasing moisture into the air, helping you to achieve the recommended home humidity levels of 40% to 60%. 

The added moisture in your home air will help to rehydrate your dry nasal passages and throat helping to relieve any dry sinus symptoms you may be experiencing. Maintaining a clean humidifier is crucial when suffering from dry sinuses since any mold or bacteria in the water tank can further exacerbate your symptoms.

The Canopy Humidifier

The Canopy Humidifier is best for dry sinuses.

The Canopy Humidifier is an anti-mold, no mist humidifier that effectively relieves symptoms of dry nose and throat, among many other benefits

Canopy Humidifier is embedded with UV lights that kill 99.9% of bacteria, mold, and viruses that can lurk in your water tank; the remaining 0.1% is trapped in the disposable paper filter. Canopy’s no mist feature allows pure, hydrated air to enter your home rather than messy mist, which can cause mold or mildew on your surfaces, curtains, bedding or anything in the direct line of a traditional humidifier’s mist stream. 

In addition, Canopy Humidifiers are easy to clean with dishwasher safe components. Just pop your Canopy parts in the dishwasher and rinse on a normal cycle. It’s that easy!

Take a Warm Bath or Shower

In the same vein as a humidifier a warm bath or shower can temporarily elevate moisture levels in the air, which can improve dry nose and throat. It is important to note that prolonged exposure to steam can cause skin dryness, which is equally uncomfortable, so avoid steamy saunas or particularly long showers. 

Hydrate

Water is the essence of life. Certain diets high in sugar, alcohol, and coffee can cause the body to dehydrate, which will affect the body’s mucus production. Drinking sufficient water throughout the day will help to keep your body moisturized and lubricated. 

You can use the color of your urine as a guide. The goal is to achieve a light yellow color; dark yellow or orange colored urine means you need more water while clear or nearly clear urine means you have consumed more water than necessary. 

Diffuse Essential Oils

If you are certain that your dry sinuses, and all the symptoms that come along with it including dry sinus headaches and frequent sneezing, are a result of allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergies, diffusing essential oils can help to improve your symptoms. 

Peppermint oil, basil oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon oil, and tea tree oil are essential oils that can improve symptoms of allergies. A 2010 study conducted by the Evidence Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine found eucalyptus essential oil effective in treating upper respiratory tract infections. In addition, a World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology study from 2013 found that lemon essential oil killed and inhibited the growth of bacteria in the air and on surfaces. 

For more information on popular essential oils and their benefits, you can visit our blog What Are the Health Benefits of Essential Oils?

The Canopy Diffuser

The Canopy Diffuser

Canopy Diffuser is our newest member of the Canopy family. Canopy Diffuser is a no mist, no water diffuser designed to prevent the release of bacteria, particles, mold, and mildew released into the air. 

Canopy Diffuser allows you to diffuse your favorite essential oils into the air in two ways: you can use our easy-to-use diffuser puck for short term aromatherapy or our Diffusion Well, which allows you to place your favorite bottle of essential oil directly into the Canopy Diffuser for carefree diffusion. 

Additional Tips

There are a few, smaller dry sinus remedies you can incorporate into your lifestyle that will improve your dry nose and throat, which include:

  • Avoid exposure to smoke and avoid vaping, which can exacerbate dryness in your nasal passage and throat
  • Remove common allergens from your home by use of an air purifier or frequent cleaning.
  • Create regular airflow through your home by opening the windows ever so often.
  • Utilize nasal saline solution to temporarily relieve dry nose, but be careful to not overuse these products.