Air Purifiers vs. Humidifiers

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Air Purifiers vs. Humidifiers

Pure Air for the Family 

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We often get the question asked, “Do I need an air purifier or a humidifier for my baby?” The answer can be yes to both, depending on the circumstances. We’re here to explain which option is best for your family to live their best.

Air Purifiers and Humidifiers Serve Different Purposes 

An air purifier serves a different purpose than a humidifier. Air purifiers are designed to clear the air of allergens, dust, reduce mold or control odors. Humidifiers, on the other hand, work solely to control the humidity level in a room. They do nothing to control air quality or the numbers of particles in the air. 


Humidifiers work by releasing water into the air and increasing the humidity level or a room. This can be beneficial for children who have congestion or can be used during cold winter months where a baby’s skin can suffer from the lack of moisture in the air.

At a Glance

 

Humidifier vs. Air Purifier Infographic

Which product is better for my baby?

Both an air purifier or humidifier can be best for your baby. However, keeping a humidifier on at all times is not recommended. Babies who suffer from stronger congestion can benefit from a humidifier, but it is unnecessary for babies who don’t have congestion. 


An air purifier with the correct filter can help contain diaper odors, or allergens and dust to keep your baby breathing purer air. Alen air purifiers are certified ozone-safe, and do not pollute the air.

Maintenance is Key

Maintaining your air purifier or humidifier is extremely important. A dirty, unkempt humidifier can produce mold and bacteria which can be harmful to your baby. Likewise, an air purifier with an old filter will also not serve its purpose to produce cleaner air as the filter becomes clogged with filthy particles.

Ask Your Doctor

Ultimately, you or a doctor will know what is best for your baby. Take your baby for regular check-ups and ask your doctor if your child has the need for a humidifier, air purifier or both. Just keep in mind that both machines serve different functions and can be used together to keep your baby healthy.


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