Do you want to know about my new humidifier? No? You will in any case. It is a perfect example of the latest in advancements in technology that make practical everyday things into objects of worship. There is a science behind all inventions, from the simplest to the most complex. The new ultrasonic humidifiers are a case in point.

It is all about combating the dry air that makes people susceptible to infection and other ailments like asthma, a cold, or the flu. High-frequency humidifiers are the new answer to the old problem. Vibrations generate a fine mist that is imparted to a room to increase moisture. Many people like the cool-mist versions for allergies and the warm-mist units for other needs. Most state-of-the-art offer silent operation along with the health benefits. They are multi-purposes appliances to be sure.

What affect does moisture have in general that makes it so valuable? Temperature alone is not enough to determine overall comfort on a given day. Lack of humidity can be as important as too much. You can feel desiccated or drenched. Think Death Valley, California versus New Orleans in the summer. Do you want to be parched or sweaty? It is so vital that many industries conduct regular humidity monitoring.

According to basic definitions, humidity is the concentration of water vapor in the air expressed as absolute humidity, specific humidity, or relative humidity—and measured by a hygrometer. On the other hand, a humidistat regulates it by means of a dehumidifier to achieve climate control. Due to the changing partial pressure of water vapor in air, as temperature changes, its water content at sea level can get as high as 3% at 30 °C (86 °F), and no more than roughly 0.5% at 0 °C (32 °F). Scientists use the ratio of the mass of water vapor to the volume of the air to arrive at absolute humidity, which is then expressed as a ratio of kilograms of water vapor per cubic meter of air.

So much for the science lesson in today’s blog. Suffice it to say that I appreciate my humidifier and am passing on the word. If you can’t go live in the desert to help your allergies, you can buy a simple device. The mist engendered can be very soothing to the throat when you have a dry cough. Your skin will also respond nicely to the added vapor. Rough, peeling, and scaly skin has a remedy in store. There are many uses for a humidifier with a focus on reducing the ill effects of dry air. There may be times when you want it, of course, but as many when you don’t.

The point is to find a unit that can service the square feet in your room at home or the office and that can disperse the mist quickly and evenly. You want high-quality construction, light weight, and easy maintenance of the water tank component. If you follow these guidelines, you can’t go wrong.