Why are cool mist humidifiers better than warm mist?

You have a choice between cool mist humidifiers and warm mist humidifiers. Besides the temperature and purpose of the mist, the 2 types feature different operational mechanisms that, in terms of safety and practicality, make the cool mist variety better. Warm mist humidifiers are inferior because:

  • They generate high-temperature mist by means of a heating element which can potentially be dangerous, especially in homes with small children or pets
  • Warm mist humidifiers also encourage the growth of bacteria more than cool mist models, so more frequent cleaning is required
  • In the summertime, cool mist humidifiers can be used in conjunction with an AC unit, whereas a warm mist humidifier will render the AC ineffective and make it feel muggy indoors