Types of Humidifiers


With the advancement of consumer durables technology in the last few decades, we are witnessing the adoption of a household object that can finally solve an age-old problem – moisturizing dry air.

We’re talking about a humidifier. 

Living in dry areas can lead to nasal congestion because dry air causes inflammation and irritation in the nasal passages.[1] Humidifiers increase the moisture content in the air and help alleviate this problem. They work by emitting water vapor which helps raise the humidity level in a room.[2] So, as the temperature drops and winter approaches, it is best to equip the house with a humidifier in order to help with nasal congestion and keep your surroundings from getting too dry. 

How do Humidifiers help with Nasal Congestion? [3]

By adding moisture to the air, humidifiers help soothe irritated and inflamed nasal passages and alleviate dry air. They can also help prevent the congestion of nasal passages by soothing dry mucous membranes. 

Currently there are various kinds of humidifiers available in the market to help you target your specific needs. We’ve listed the different types of humidifiers below so you can have a look at what suits you best:

1. Cool Mist Humidifiers [4]
Cool mist humidifiers utilise an internal wick filter to absorb water, while simultaneously employing a fan to propel air through the filter. This mechanism disperses water throughout the room as an ultra-fine, invisible mist.

2. Warm Mist Humidifiers [4]
These work by heating water to produce steam which is then released into the air. 

3. Ultrasonic Humidifiers [5]
These humidifiers use a high-frequency vibration to break water down into tiny particles which are then released into the air as fine mist. 

4. Evaporative Humidifiers [5]
These work by using a fan to blow air over a wet wick or filter, which then evaporates water in the air. 

5. Steam Vaporizers [5]
Also known as ‘steam inhalers’, these work by boiling water and releasing steam into the air after cooling it down.  

While a humidifier can be helpful in preventing, and easing the symptoms of a dry nose, it is not a cure. Secaris® Nasal Lubricant, an OTC nasal gel that is non-addictive with no rebound effect, helps relieve a dry, crusty nose and moisturizes the nasal passages with its effective water-based formula.

If your situation does not get better, it’s always best to seek professional medical advice.

This product may not be right for you. Please read and follow the label before use.

Secaris® is a registered trademark owned by Norwell Consumer Healthcare Inc.


  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/dry-sinuses
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/humidifiers/art-20048021
  3. https://earandsinusinstitute.com/4-reasons-you-should-use-an-air-humidifier/
  4. https://www.sylvane.com/cool-mist-humidifiers-and-warm-mist-humidifiers.html
  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/humidifiers/art-20048021

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