Does a Humidifier Make a Room Warmer

Does a Humidifier Make a Room Warmer?

If you have a warm mist humidifier or vaporizer, then your device is creating steam by boiling water.

Though technically you may not see the number on the thermostat get any higher, steam can make the room feel warm.

I remember a few Christmases ago ( maybe more than a few, I’ve lost track)
Me and my wife were at a Christmas party where they were having a white elephant gift exchange. If you have never heard of a white elephant gift exchange, the idea is simple.

The participants all bring a gift that is supposed to be around the same value. Once the gifts are opened, you have the opportunity to steal someone else’s gift one time till all the gifts are taken.

This particular Christmas, I got what I thought was a humidifier as a gift.

I was pretty excited, a humidifier is a pretty decent gift and we did not have one in our bedroom.

That night, I put water in it, turned it on and went to bed.

I thought I was in for a refreshing cool air coming from the direction of the humidifier but that is not what I got at all.

We woke up to a swampy hot bedroom.

Turns out what I thought was a cool mist humidifier was actually in fact a vaporizer.

And I had been filling the room with hot steam.

Does a humidifier make the room warmer?

A humidifier can make the room feel warmer when the humidifier that you are using is a warm mist humidifier or a vaporizer.

Vicks is one of the most popular vaporizers. And they are sold primarily as a way of delivering their eucalyptus smelling medicine to help you breathe better.

For that, they work very well. 

And as a humidifier, they do raise the level of humidity in the air.

What type of humidifier do you have?

Do you have a warm mist humidifier or a cool mist humidifier?

If you are using a warm mist humidifier, then you can expect the room to feel warmer because the humidifier is basically providing you with a sauna type of atmosphere.

Warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers are excellent for helping open up your airways with the steam that comes from them and the fact that they lend themselves to being able to add a medicine like Vicks or eucalyptus that can also help clear your airways.

They also have the distinct characteristic of not growing mold or bacteria inside of the machine because boiling water kills those things.

On the other hand,

A cool mist humidifier emits moisture that is primarily room temperature.

The feeling you can get in front of a humidifier is similar to the feeling of a cool breeze.


Does a humidifier make the room warmer?

The type of a humidifier that can make a room feel warmer is a warm mist humidifier or by another name “vaporizer”.

Vaporizers bring water to a boiling point to create steam as a means of humidifying the air.

  And adding steam to your room can make it feels a little swampy or a bit like a sauna.

If you like the idea of using steam to humidify your room, then vaporizers do have some good features.

If not, a cool mist humidifier will not make your room feel swampy.

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