Cool Mist vs. Warm Mist Humidifiers: Which Should I Choose?

by Jess 20. March 2017 10:50

Winter is wonderful. All of your favorite holidays happen in winter. There’s food and family and gifts and warm snuggly clothes and fireplaces. What’s not to love? Even the snow is nice when you aren’t shoveling it or slogging through it to get to work. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year, right? But as winter drags on, your skin and your sinuses can really start to take a beating.

Cooler air means drier air, and drier air can make life kind of miserable. Your skin gets dry and itchy, your hair and clothes begin to do all sorts of fun things because of the static in the air, and your sinuses can become dry and painful. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to alleviate these things. Foremost among them? Get a humidifier.

Humidifiers work to combat all that dryness by infusing the air with moisture. There are tons of options for humidifiers from whole home units to personal travel-sized units you can screw on to the top of a water bottle, but one key difference that people can struggle with is whether to purchase a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist humidifier. To make the choice a little clearer, we’ll outline some features of each here.


Warm Mist Humidifiers


  1.  Warm mist humidifiers are, well, warm. There’s a coziness factor here. It’s cold outside after all, and for some people, the thought of shooting a cool mist into an already cool climate gives them chills.
  2. Warm mist humidifiers create higher levels of moisture saturation in the air.
  3. The steam created by warm mist humidifiers kills bacteria in the water, allowing you to breathe easy without worrying about filters.

Cool Mist Humidifiers


  1. Cool mist humidifiers are a good option year-round for drier climates since they add moisture to the air without adding heat.
  2. Cool mist humidifiers employ evaporation to introduce moisture into the air. This prevents over-saturation.
  3. Since there is no heat, cool mist humidifiers do require a humidifier filter to remove impurities.
  4. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a cool mist humidifier to relieve coughs and congestion for kids.


Regardless of what type of humidifier you choose, you’ll be glad to have it when everyone around you is battling the effects of winter dryness. Interested to see which types of humidifier units we carry? Check it out here.



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