De-Mystify My Humidifier!
October 2, 2009 6:01 PM Subscribe
Home humidifier? I needed one; I now have one. How does this thing work? Specifically: what's the medicine cup, what goes in it and why? (And a couple other add-on questions.)
posted by LOLAttorney2009 to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I grew up in hot, humid Florida. It wasn't until I moved North to New Jersey that I learned that folks use humidifiers to *add* water to the air. Initially, it mystified me: Why would anyone want to add water to the air? ugh. I left Florida to escape from heat and humidity!
Now, nine years later, I get it. Dry skin, bloody noses and post-nasal drip - all from too-dry air. Who'dathunk? I bought my first humidifier last night (a Sunbeam Warm Mist Filter Free Humidifier). I took it apart and washed the innards before putting it all together and running it during the night. (My nose feels so much better than it did yesterday!)
There's a notation in the product insert/pamphlet about a "medicine cup" that gets put in where the water goes. The insert isn't very helpful on this point (or, really, on anything else). What is this medicine cup for? What medicine works there? When medicine is put in there, does it actually do any good or is it a placebo effect? Will there be a problem if I put essential oils in the cup or in the water?
Where's the best place to put this in my bedroom? Should it be right next to the head of my bed or do I risk making myself sick by putting it there? Will this cause my room to be warmer or colder while it's running?