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Humidifiers have many benefits. When the indoor air is very dry, it becomes uncomfortable to breath. Moreover, if you suffer from dry skin or a nasal congestion, dry air will only make things worse. There are certain areas in the world, where the air is naturally dry, and in these locations it is definitely recommended to use a humidifier all year long. In the rest of the world, the indoor air becomes dry in the winter, due to the fact that most heating systems absorb the moisture from the air. In what follows, we will present you with a few affordable, yet efficient humidifiers, that will help you moisturize the indoor air until it reaches the ideal humidity level.

The Crane Owl Humidifier

This device costs only $45, and as you can tell by its shape, it is designed for nurseries or kids rooms. It is perfect for small rooms, of up to 300 sq ft. It is highly recommended to use a humidifier in the nursery, as the skin of a newborn is very sensitive and it is accustomed to a much more humid environment. The Crane Owl is an ultrasonic humidifier, which makes it safe for a child’s room. As opposed to an evaporative humidifier, which heats the water found it its tank until it starts to evaporate, an ultrasonic humidifier uses special frequencies in order to turn water into vapors and disperse it in the air. As such, an ultrasonic model does not have a tank filled with boiling water, so it does not present a safety hazard for kids.

Honeywell HCM-350

This humidifier costs $54.99. It is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive units that you can buy, but it does have some major advantages. For starters, it uses an UV technology which inhibits bacteria growth in the water. In fact, the UV light can kill over 99,9% of the bacteria and the fungus that can commonly develop in standing water. This makes it great not only for your skin, but also for your respiratory system, a very big advantage, especially if you suffer from allergies or sinusitis. This humidifier is also very quiet, so you can use it even at night. It is suitable for medium and large rooms, and it is very easy to clean, since its tank is dishwasher safe.

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier

This is an evaporative humidifier, so if you have pets or children, make sure to place it out of their reach, in order to avoid scalding accidents. By boiling the water, this unit destroys over 96% of the bacteria and fungus that might be found in the water. If your skin is extra sensitive, you can adjust the moist output according to your needs. This device also comes with a medicine cup, so it can also create therapeutic, medicated vapors. It has a 1 gallon capacity and it only costs $42.63.