Humidifier vs Vaporizer Guide: Which One for Baby’s Nursery?

(Last Updated On: July 16, 2019)

We all have heard about the benefits of vaporizers and humidifiers for our baby’s nursery. But what is the actual difference between the both of them? Is one better when it comes to humidifier vs vaporizer?

I recently had to do some research into this because I was considering a humidifier for my baby nursery. In this blog post today, I’ll share my thoughts and research to help you decide!

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How Do Both Work?

Vaporizers and humidifiers are especially needed in a nursery with dry air. And this usually happens during the winter time.

Dry air increases your risk of getting dry sinuses and pose corresponding health problems. Not only that, dry air can also harm your furniture, paint, and wallpapers. Humidifiers and vaporizers work on the same principle of increasing a room’s humidity.

However, they do work differently.

A vaporizer uses the steam from heated water (water vapor) in order to moisturize the air while a humidifier uses spinning discs and fans to spray cool mist into the air.

A humidifier is generally more expensive than vaporizers. But a humidifier does need similar maintenance of being cleaned every two weeks or so. Using a humidifier in your house can lead to mold and mildew because the water used is unheated, and there is less risk of this happening if you use boiled water from vaporizers.

Vaporizers also give you the choice of using inhalants to accompany the steam that comes from them.

What Is A Vaporizer?

Vaporizers use the steam from boiling water in order to increase the humidity of the air in your baby nursery. They are particularly useful if you need to include medicinal inhalants into the air. They can also help warm up small nurseries during wintertime because of the warm steam that they emit. It uses hot steam.

Because the water is boiled anyway, you can use water straight from the tap without the fear of bacteria and germs getting into the air. The boiling also reduces the chance that mold and mildew can form in your vaporizer. However, you must still clean it every few weeks.

On the downside, vaporizers can be dangerous for households with children and pets. This is because they can accidentally knock over the vaporizer and spill the boiling water on themselves or on other people, and it is a safety risk.

If you’re worried about this happening, water-less options are also available on the market. These make use of pre-moistened pads that need replacing every now and then, and while it is definitely pricier than steam vaporizers, they are generally safer.

What is a Humidifier?

The most common kind of humidifiers are cool mist humidifiers, which use fans to disperse the cool mist. There are also the kind called warm-mist humidifier which also boils water the same way as vaporizers. However, the water is cooled before it is dispersed into the air.

The only thing you have to worry about when you choose humidifiers is the fact that the unheated water can make the unit prone to getting mold and mildew. The only way to combat this is to maintain the humidifier’s cleanliness. Cool mist humidifiers are recommended for its lack of hot steam dangers.

Replacing the filters as well as cleaning the other parts of the humidifier to avoid mold, mildew, and even bacteria. If you don’t do this, then your humidifier may just be doing more harm than good to the air that you are breathing.

A Humidifier Is Better For Baby’s Nursery

When choosing whether to buy a humidifier or a vaporizer, it all comes down to why you need it. While they both increase the humidity in the air, they have different methods of doing so.

Vaporizers have corresponding safety risks but also medicinal advantages. Humidifiers also have their health advantages to offer to those suffering from a cold or flu, but also need more maintenance. If you’re choosing for your baby nursery, then you should go with the safer option of humidifiers.

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