Every day, we inhale harmful air pollutants such as smoke, fungus, and potent chemicals in our own homes.
The thing is, we don’t always know the signs of airborne pollutants until it’s too late, but thankfully air purifiers are here to help.
Let’s talk about the whether you need a portable evaporative cooler or a humidifer to purify the air in your home.
Portable evaporative cooler
These are mainly for those who live in hot and dry climates and are looking to circulate their indoor air with fresh outside air.
Also known as swamp coolers, these devices naturally use already soaked pads in order to cool the air in your room. Unlike air conditioning systems, who draw moisture out of the air, evaporative coolers push moisture in the air in order to create a fresher atmosphere for your home.
What are the benefits?
Not only is a portable evaporative cooler more economical, but it does a heck of a job bringing in fresh air into the room!
Because the device adds a thin layer of moisture to the area and disposes of stale air – swamp coolers are always the healthier option because naturally, they reduce allergens.
Where does it fit?
The “cool“ thing about a portable evaporative cooler is that they come in every size to fit your needs. Because they are naturally designed to work throughout the whole house, you are able to select the size and model that is convenient for you.
The list of links below features a selection of evaporative air coolers and the room size they are designed for. Click the link to be taken directly to the product listing on Amazon.
NewAir Portable Evaporative Air Cooler for small rooms – about 100 square feet
Honeywell CL201AE Evaporative Cooler for medium sized rooms
Luma Comfort EC220W Cooler for large rooms – about 650 square feet
Humidifiers are mainly those who live in colder, dry climates. Often used to help with snoring, stuffy noses, and other medical reasons- humidifiers are a must-have when it comes to purifying the air in your home!
What is it?
Similar to evaporative coolers, humidifiers also add moisture to the air, but they do not cool the air. Remember how we said that portable evaporative coolers brought fresh air from outside? Well, humidifiers work to add moisture and purify the air that is already indoors.
What are the benefits?
Fun fact: Did you know that humidifiers can help with eczema?
Even though humidifiers aren’t generally designed to be the “coolest” guy in the room, there are tons of makes and that will improve the quality of your home. From cool-mist humidifiers to warm-mist ones, there are endless humidifiers that will help purify the air in your home.
Humidifiers, Bacteria and Viruses
The EPA regularly conducts a Community Water System Survey. In the last survey took place in 2006 and it indicates not all community water systems treat their water.
It is reasonable to assume there are unwanted contaminants in your drinking water. (Remember Flint, Michigan?) If you use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home be sure you take steps to clean the water. If you can find an evaporative air cooler with this feature let us know! We scoured the market looking for a product with these features and it simply does not exist.
There are also humidifiers that comes equipped with ultraviolet lights designed to destroy bacteria, viruses and molds that may be present in water. The two top models are the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier and the Vicks V3900 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier.
Check out this article that provides an in-depth review of the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier. Alternatively, check out either of these products on Amazon by clicking the links below.
Where does it fit?
Humidifiers are originally designed to work through limited space. Because of the way they are built, humidifiers are usually limited to one or two rooms.
Portable Evaporative Cooler VS Humidifier
Depending on what you’re looking for, either of these two purifiers can serve to improve the air quality of your home. If you’re searching for that cold, refreshing, crisp-air feel, for your home- a portable evaporative air cooler will be your best bet. But if you’re looking to add moisture for therapeutic and/or medical reasons- go with a humidifier. You won’t be disappointed!
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