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Humidifier Vs. Vaporizer for Cough

Humidifier Vs. Vaporizer for Cough
When a person has cough, there remains a debate whether he should use a humidifier or a vaporizer for relief. Which option helps in relieving the condition faster? Know in this article below.
WellnessKeen Staff
Most of us suffer from respiratory problems at some point in time. It can be cold, cough, nasal congestion or even allergies. For most respiratory problems, it is important that the home is kept humid. One can keep the conditions in the house humid, using either a humidifier or a vaporizer. So, which one is better? Although both of them help in humidifying the house, they work on different principles all together. We will now look at both options and know which one is better for treating cold.

Humidifier or Vaporizer

Both the humidifier and vaporizer are used to increase moisture in air in the house. They are both used when the air is very dry, which aggravates the condition of cough. If you take a look at both of them, they will look the same from the exterior, however, there is a difference between how they operate. A humidifier breaks cold water particles and cool moisture droplets are dispersed into the air. On the other hand, steam or hot vapor from boiling water is used to humidify the room in a vaporizer. This clears the basic difference between a vaporizer and humidifier. To sum it up, while the humidifier releases cold water droplets into the air, the vaporizer releases hot steam into the air and in the process humidifies the room. The humidity in the air helps in alleviating the condition of the respiratory organs. Both the humidifier and vaporizer will help in clearing congestion, which may be the cause of cough.

This brings us to the next important point in the debate. Which option; the vaporizer or humidifier is safe for cough in children? In such a case, it is recommended, that you opt for a humidifier, as a vaporizer has hot or boiling water in the vaporizer water tank. If your child is playing, there is always the risk of accidents, leading to injury.

Vaporizers are able to kill bacteria in the room, which prevents the growth of mold in the house. However, it is not the same with a humidifier, where the chances of mold or bacteria growth cannot be negated. Hence, if you have someone in the house, who is allergic to mold, you might want to take this point into consideration. Humidifiers are known to disperse natural minerals into the air along with water droplets, some of which can be harmful. On the other hand, in a vaporizer the minerals are deactivated, and dispersed into the air. Similarly, if there are any harmful particles in water, they are killed or deactivated due to the boiling process.

Now the cost comes into the picture. If your decision is influenced by cost of the equipment, then you will have to choose a humidifier, as they are cheaper as compared to the vaporizers. Along with the initial cost, the cost required to use the equipment is also less, as unlike for a vaporizer, there is no need to boil the water. This in turn helps in saving some costs.

The climatic conditions you stay in will also have a role to play. If you stay in cooler climes, then a vaporizer is best suited, whereas for hot climes humidifiers work better. In other words, you will have to take different factors into consideration, so that you are able to choose the right equipment to tackle the condition. Whichever equipment you opt for, remember to keep the water tank of the equipment clean, lest it can become a breeding ground for infection.