What is the difference between a Cool Mist Humidifier and a Warm Mist Vaporizer?

by Buddy Vapesit

Question by Mother Isis: What is the difference between a Cool Mist Humidifier and a Warm Mist Vaporizer?
I have a 2 month old that has to have a cool mist humidifier and a 5 year old that has to have a warm mist vaporizer. Thankfully they are in separate rooms. My 5 year old has asthma, does this have something to do with why he needs the warm mist over the cool mist? Also why did they tell me not to use the warm mist for my 2 month old? I’m a bit confused by all this cool mist / warm mist.

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Answer by student202003
humidifier puts moisture into the air and vaporizer puts a vapor that usually has some medicinal value. For asthma I would have gone with a Air Purifier too because it will suck up hair, dust, and other allergens from the air making it easier to breathe. The vaporizer should open up his breathing passages and nasal passages to allow easier breathing. Colder temperatures usually cause asthma flare up, and warmer temperatures will allow for easier breathing. As for the humidifier for the younger one, I’m not sure.

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Sarnaath October 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

A cool mist humidifier uses ultrasonic or evaporation to humidify the air, the mist that comes out is a cool temperature. The warm mist basically boils the water and releases a small stream of steam into the air, the steam cools before it exits the humidifier but it’s still warm. Why you’d want one over the other for your kids is something I don’t know. I’m surprised it makes a difference.

Leezer October 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Warm mist vaporizers have the danger of burning kids (assuming they put their hands or whatever right over the heat). So, they’re a little more dangerous. The cool mist ones, though, have a greater chance of growing mold in the room and surfaces.

So, they probably recommended the warm mist one to reduce the chance of mold aggravating the asthma. They probably recommended the cool mist one because the chance of being burned was greater than the chance of mold growing.

That’s my speculation.

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