Thinking of adding a humidifier to your home or office, but not sure what they do, what you should look for or how to care for them? Well, here’s the 411 on what you need to know before you go out and buy a humidifier to use during winter:\nThe Benefits\nA humidifier is a handy device to use during winter since it puts moisture back into dry air. When you use your heater during winter, the air inside gets dry and this combined with the cold air outside can actually cause more damage to your health. A humidifier adds more moisture into your home so that your nasal passages stay lubricated, which prevents nosebleeds and runny noses. And a humidifier can also help your skin from getting dry and can help with colds and coughs.\nTypes\nThere are different types of humidifiers to choose from and each one has their own benefits. A steam vaporizer heats up the water and then puts out warm steam air. But these are not recommended when you have small children at home since it can burn them. Many prefer a cool mist humidifier that blows cool mist into a room and are come highly recommended for colds. Then there’s ultrasonic humidifier that use ultrasonic vibrations to send out the cool mist into any room and are usually quieter than regular cool mist ones.\nAir Innovations’ Clean Mist Smart Humidifier is a great purchase for any home of office. Model MH-509 in white has a 70-hour run time and features an easy-to-read digital LED display. There’s also a permanent ceramic filter you never need to change and a built-in humidistat. It has a 5.3 liter tank that’s perfect for any room or office.\nCare\nTo care for your humidifier, you need to clean it frequently since mold and bacteria can grow in the tank and this will in turn end up in the air. Wipe out the tank every time you refill its water. If it has a wick or filter, take them out and let them dry between uses.