Many parents use a humidifier in their infant's bedroom, but don't realize that keeping the air at the ideal level of humidity is beneficial for people of all ages! That's right - keeping your home at about 45% humidity year round will help prevent your nasal passages from drying out, and help you avoid dry and chapped skin and lips, nose bleeds, stuffy noses, static electricity, and also help your body be less of an easy target for all the germs you encounter throughout the day!
Warm mist humidifiers are fine, but please please reconsider not using these in a house with small children who might grab the humidifier, the table it's on, or even the cord and BAM, scalding water and burns all over your child. Instead, try a cool mist humidifier. They work just as well and don't carry with them the risk of burns.
One very well respected company with a ton of great humidifiers to choose from is Crane. Three years ago, I reviewed their Germ Defense Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier, which is still doing well for our family! But since having our twins, we needed a new humidifier to go in there nursery, and we decided to go with one of Crane's "adorable" humidifiers, more specifically, Freddy the Frog.
With so many "adorable" humidifiers to choose from, it can be a struggle picking one! They've got everything from animals to bugs to sci-fi creatures! But, depending on how old your children are they may be able to make the difficult decision for you! We liked Freddy the Frog because he's gender neutral and will do great in our girls' room now and still in a year or two when our son gets bunked and moves in with them!
He's fairly simple to use, you don't even need the instructions really. You fill up the water container, put him all together, and turn on the knob! Done!! It automatically shuts off if the water gets too low, which is an awesome feature.
Crane's "adorable" humidifiers are great basic humidifiers - they're easy to use and clean, and get the job done of maintaining a good level of humidity and providing for a comfortable and healthy living or sleeping environment! The tank holds 1 gallon and it runs VERY quietly, for up to 24 hours! Another great feature is the Clean Control Antimicrobial Material in the Base, which is proven to help reduce mold and bacteria growth up to 99.96%. The one feature it doesn't have that I wish it did is a spout to change the direction of the mist. When I'm sick, I find having the cool mist aimed right at my head while sleeping helps with congestion tremendously!! So, if you'd like to have a humidifier with this option, you might want to go with another of Crane's humidifiers with this feature, such as the Drop humidifier or Germ Defense Humidifier.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using any humidifier, however, and these are pretty important... While too dry of a climate can lead to sickness, dry skin and lips, etc, too humid of a climate can mean MOLD. Yuck... you don't want mold growing in your humidifier (and thus being pumped into the air you are breathing!!!!), nor do you want it growing in the room. So, be very mindful - if you are getting condensation in the room, the humidifier needs to be turned down. Crane humidifiers feature antimicrobial material that helps reduce mold and bacteria buildup, but you should still empty and air out the humidifier daily, and clean it well at least once a week. Swishing and letting white vinegar sit for 30 minutes in the base and water tank should do the trick, and wipe away any residue you notice building up. You can find a good tutorial of how to clean a humidifier here.
With winter coming, and all the added germs from kids being back at school, now is the time to make sure you've got some good humidifiers in your home! And hey, you can win a Crane "adorable" or drop humidifier in my $400 value 12-product jackpot Back to School Bonanza giveaway now!!!
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