Humidifiers & Vaporisers

A warm or cool steam humidifier can help relieve allergies, clear congestion, and soothe dry noses and mouths by raising the humidity in a room. Shop our ultrasonic humidifiers for baby nurseries, vaporisers, inhalers, patches, and more

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Humidifier vs. Vaporiser

Both humidifiers and vaporisers are devices that use water to add vapour into the air and increase the humidity level in a room. The additional moisture helps to fight off dryness which can irritate allergies and coughs, as well as cause congestion and a dry nose. They can be used to soothe many different conditions and are particularly popular during flu season as they help to reduce symptoms so that you can breathe easier and enjoy a better night's sleep.

The difference between them is that a humidifier uses cold water to release a very fine room-temperature mist into the air, while a vaporiser heats water and adds warm mist to the air. Vaporisers use an internal heating system to boil the water before releasing it, while humidifiers can either use ultrasonic technology or a wick filter and fan. 

What is a Humidifier?

A humidifier is a device that is used to add moisture to dry air. The increased humidity soothes conditions that can be caused by dryness, such as coughs, dry noses, cold and flu symptoms, and allergies.

What Can a Humidifier be Used for?

Humidifiers can be used as a natural method for relieving any condition that is exacerbated by dryness in the air. This may include:

  • Dry skin 
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Coughs
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Dry throat
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry and bloody noses

A humidifier is also a great way to reduce the amount of static electricity in homes as the additional moisture in the air prevents electricity from building up and causing little electric shocks.

Types of Humidifiers Available

There are both cool mist humidifiers and warm mist humidifiers.

Cool mist humidifiers emit steam that is room temperature and use either ultrasonic technologies or evaporative technologies to create the mist. An ultrasonic humidifier uses ultrasonic vibrations to make a super-fine mist that disperses through the room. An evaporative humidifier uses an in-built wick filter and fan to absorb the tap water and blow it through the filter so that it can evaporate into an invisible mist.

A warm mist humidifier uses an internal heating system to boil the water before releasing it into the air as soothing, warm steam. Unlike an air purifier, humidifiers do not clean the air but a warm mist humidifier can kill any bacteria in the water through boiling before releasing steam that is healthy and pure for you to breathe in. 

What is a Vaporizer?

A steam vaporiser or warm mist humidifer is a type of humidifier that uses a heating element that is powered by electricity to boil water and release it as an ultra-fine warm mist. This mist can be breathed in and used to clear congestion, soothe allergies and asthma, relieve dry noses, and much more. Inhalants, such as Vicks VapoSteam liquids and Able Asthma Essential Oils, can be added to the water to enhance its health benefits and help you to breathe more easily.

What Can a Vaporiser be Used for?

The warm mist that is created by a vaporiser can have many wonderful and soothing effects on the body. A vaporiser can:

  • Replenish dry skin
  • Soothe indoor allergens
  • Help with asthma
  • Ease coughing with bronchitis
  • Clear congested noses and airways
  • Reduce cold and flu symptoms
  • Relieve a sore throat
  • Reduce static electricity in the air

How a Vaporiser Works

As a type of warm mist humidifier, a steam vaporizer has an in-built heating system that is plugged into the wall and used to boil water that is placed inside the water tank. The water is then released into the air as a very fine, warm steam.

Getting the right humidity level is key to using a vaporiser or humidifier successfully. If you set the humidity too high, it can cause dust mites and create a mould which can trigger allergies. If you set it too low, you may not benefit from it at all. Use a hygrometer to measure the humidity in the room and determine what works best for you.

Types of Vaporisers Available

Amcal stock a number of warm steam vaporisers to help you sleep better and breathe easier. The Vicks Warm Steam Vaporiser Unit can help to relieve stuffy noses, soothe coughs, and relieve a dry throat by using humidity to thin the mucus and drain sinus passages. For maximum benefits, add a few drops of Vicks VapoSteam inhalant in regular or extra strength with eucalyptus and peppermint scent.

We also have Taav Vaporaire Steam Vaporiser to increase the moisture in bedrooms and help to keep the airways clear. Fill with water and inhale for relief of phlegm congestion, bronchitis, croup, sinusitis, and more.

Benefits of Using Humidifiers and Vaporisers for:

  • Allergies - Allergens can result in blocked nasal passages, coughing, and inflammation of respiratory passages. Humidity can reduce swelling which can loosen the mucus and make it easier to clear. 
  • Asthma - Humidification may help alleviate symptoms of asthma by easing a dry throat, nose, and mouth, as well as helping to prevent phlegm build-up. It is essential that the devices are cleaned daily to keep them free from bacteria that can trigger a flare-up.
  • Bronchitis - Moist air can help to soothe inflamed bronchial tubes and thin the mucus to make it easier to cough up and remove from the chest.
  • Cold and flu - A vaporiser or humidifier can help to ease cold and flu symptoms, including dry and stuffy noses, scratchy and sore throats, and congested chests.

Using a Vaporiser or Humidifier in a Baby Nursery

Raising the humidity in a baby nursery is a great way to help your little one get a good night's sleep. The additional moisture can act as a safe and natural lubricant for your baby's nasal passages to keep them clear of congestion. This is important as newborn babies primarily breathe through their noses.

Congestion is also typically worse for a baby when they lie down and can lead to reflux and spitting up. A humidifier or vaporiser can minimise mucus so that your baby can sleep more soundly throughout the night. If your baby has croup, a room with higher moisture can help to reduce the inflammation in the trachea and ease coughing.

You can shop the Medescan Rainbow Mist humidifier at Amcal with 7-colour LED night light that's perfect for baby nurseries. It uses ultrasonic technology to create a fine cool mist that soothes little noses and chests.

Cleaning Your Vaporiser and Humidifier 

Vaporisers and humidifiers can develop bacteria quickly and collect mineral deposits in the parts. It's recommended to rinse the water out after each time and use white vinegar to effectively clean each section before drying completely.

Are They Safe to Use?

While humidifiers and vaporisers are generally safe to use, there are a few risks. Too much humidity can cause bacterial growth and dust mites which can make symptoms worse. Try keeping the humidity level between 30% and 50%.

There is also a burn risk when using hot water around young children, so a cool-mist humidifier is recommended. If you are unsure whether a humidifier is right for your child, speak to your paediatrician for medical advice.

Buying Humidifiers and Vaporisers Online at Amcal

Amcal stocks a great range of humidifiers and vaporisers to help you keep your home at optimal humidity levels. Shop Vicks steam vaporisers with automatic shut-off and an anti-burn design, Taav vaporisers for relieving congestion, coughs, and colds, and Vicks inhalers for a stronger effect. We also have Taav tablets for cleaning, Medescan ultrasonic humidifiers and replacement filters, Able Essential Oils, and Demazin Vaporising Patches for a no-mess way to clear congestion for a good night's rest.

Shop them now online with free delivery of over $89 or visit your nearest Amcal store and get some qualified advice from our friendly pharmacists.

FAQs About Humidifiers and Vaporisers

Are Vaporisers the Same as Humidifiers?

Vaporisers and humidifiers both work to add moisture into the air and relieve conditions that are aggravated by a dry environment. A humidifier comes in warm mist or cool mist versions and uses either ultrasonic or evaporative technologies to release steam. A vaporiser boils the water using electricity and releases it as a warm mist. They can help to relieve:

  • Common cold symptoms
  • Coughs
  • Blocked nose
  • Chest congestion

Is a Humidifier Good for Asthma?

Humidifiers can help keep asthma symptoms in check by maintaining the right humidity level in a room and reducing the chance of a flare-up. They may be able to:

  • Thin mucus in the lungs and make it easier to clear
  • Keep throats moist to reduce coughing
  • Reduce nasal congestion
  • Ease mouth dryness

Does a Humidifier Help with Snoring?

If your snoring is caused by breathing in dry air, a humidifier can definitely help. Dry air can cause nasal congestion and irritate and inflame airways which can make snoring worse. It can also increase phlegm which increases the risk of snoring. Keep the air moist with our Vicks and Taav vaporisers or use the Medescan ultrasonic humidifier to soothe dry noses and mouths.

Can a Humidifier Help with a Cough?

Whether it's the common cold, bronchitis, croup, or a tickly throat - a humidifier can add moisture to the air to help calm airways and reduce inflammation from coughing. Amcal sells the best humidifiers for relieving coughs and thinning mucus to effectively clear congestion. Add some drops of Vicks Extra Strength inhaler with eucalyptus and peppermint for further relief.