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News alert: Dry indoor air can feel like a punishment for skin but it also leaves other disastrous things in its wake like brittle book pages! Creaky wood furniture! Ruined musical instruments! And perhaps worst of all, it can lead to brittle wine corks and therefore ruined wine!
BTW, there are two major types of humidifiers. *Cool mist* models maintain your room's temperature, while *warm mist* options boil the water before emitting mist, which increases a room's temperature.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a cool mist humidifier for kids with stuffy noses, as hot-water models can pose a safety risk. And tbh, it seems like most people prefer cool mist!
But is it OK to use regular water? Manufacturers suggest using distilled water because it's free of minerals that may cause "dust" that can settle around your humidifier when you use unfiltered tap or well water. Unless you have a LOT of minerals in your water or you're really worried about dust, you can use a humidifier filter or water from a filter pitcher (like Brita) to get around the distilled water rec.
Though, you should ALWAYS follow the manufacturer's directions for cleaning because methods vary by type, model, and make. But keeping your gadget it top-notch shape means cleaning it as directed!