Air purifiers and humidifiers both have unique benefits and can significantly impact the air you breathe in your home or office. Still, many don’t realize that you can use both to improve the air quality around you. The air purifying units from Artesian Bottleless Water & Air Purification are top of the line and use ActivePure® Technology to eliminate COVID-19 and other viruses in the air and on hard surfaces. When coupled with a humidifier, you can guarantee that the air you’re breathing is clean and moist, making it easier for those with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory health conditions. Here is how you can determine if you should use both systems or choose one.
How are air purifiers and humidifiers different?
Beyond Guardian Air, Pure & Clean, and the Hydroxyl Blaster are all air purifiers that work hard to remove pollutants, germs, and other impurities that affect the air quality in the office or around your home. Using ActivePure® Technology (NASA-inspired filtration), these three units trap pollutants and then send clean air back out into the room. Included in that clean air are oxidized air particles that kill surface germs on doorknobs, furniture, and other hard surfaces.
A humidifier’s purpose is to add water to the dry air that’s often associated with cold winter days. These units take water and turn it into steam through either a boiling element, vibrating water droplets, or evaporating water using a fan and wick. While it’s essential to keep the air in your home or office hydrated, some humidifiers could send added minerals out into the air, especially if you don’t use distilled water. According to the EPA, it’s always best to use filtered water in your humidifiers to prevent lung issues associated with breathing in certain minerals. With the help of your Artesian air purifier, you don’t have to worry about these minerals in your air.
How do purifiers and humidifiers affect your health?
Both air purifiers and humidifiers have health impacts worth measuring, especially if you’re trying to decide to go with one over the other.
Asthma & Allergies: Some purifiers, like the ones offered by Artesian, remove air allergens such as dust, pet dander, pollen, and mold. These allergens are carried in the water droplets in the air circulating your home or office but are easily removed with the right purifying technology. On the other hand, humidifiers have no impact on the particles found in the air since they do not have filtration technology.
Colds, Flu & Irritation: Because most common cold, flu, and COVID-19 viruses travel through the air and cross-contaminate at touchpoints throughout your home and office, a purifier is often preferred. Still, we can’t ignore the benefits of a humidifier, especially when you’re battling a cold. A humidifier helps with the stuffiness and head congestion that comes with being sick. Additionally, some studies have found that the right level of humidity may provide a protective atmosphere in your home or office, reducing the spread of viruses. While a humidifier can reduce the infectiousness of a virus by 40-60%, it cannot cure a cold once you’re ill; it can only mitigate how miserable you feel. Either way, having both in your office or home might be worth the consideration.
Dry Air: Unlike a humidifier, an air purifier doesn’t add moisture to the air, so if you’re battling dry air in your home or office, then having both may be beneficial. Dry air can exacerbate respiratory illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Dry air can also lead to dry skin, chapped lips, and dry nasal airways, which can lead to bloody noses. If your primary battle is to keep the air moist, then a humidifier should be at the top of your priority list.
So, Can Air Purifiers Be Used with Humidifiers?
As you may have gathered from all of the information above, you can, in fact, use air purifiers with humidifiers. Each unit has a specific function that doesn’t negate what the other is designed to accomplish. However, you may want to avoid putting both of these units in the same room, as too much moisture near your purifier can create a damp HEPA filter, which can grow mold or bacteria. You should also take care to clean both your purifier and humidifier thoroughly from time to time, and remember to use distilled water in the humidifier and clean or replace the filter in your purifier.
Thankfully, the Artesian Bottleless Water & Air Purification experts can help you with all of this, including providing you with filtered water for your humidifiers. Contact your nearest Artesian location about our bottleless ice and water coolers and air purifiers today!