For most of this week, I've been bed-ridden, with only my trusted laptop and viscid soup bowls to keep me company. My wife has been by a few times, but when you're sick like I am, it's best not to spread it to others.
But, this week, while unpleasant for me personally, hasn't been without its high points. For example, I got to test out two of my humidifiers to see which one had the biggest improvement on my symptoms.
First, I tried my warm mist house humidifier. These models work by releasing steam into the air, and then raising the humidity level in the room. (Some advanced models can even allow you to put medicines or aromatherapy tools in with the water, but I wasn't able to test these out). Warm mist humidifiers usually draw a lot of criticism because they can run hot and cause excess moisture to collect in a home over time. But, my experience with this humidifier was pleasant and it succeeded at mitigating my stuffy nose.
On the second day, I decided to give the warm mist model a rest and plug in the cool mist humidifier. These use mechanical components to increase the moisture levels in the air, and generally either blow water through certain materials or release tiny water droplets into the air.
Generally, cool mist models are recommended for children (since they don't get as hot and don't present a safety concern), but I found that I was just as comfortable with this type of humidifier. However, I ultimately switched back to the warm mist model, as this helped with my sinus issues, or at least made my dry nasal passage feel a bit better.
While either model can help you when you're sick, be sure to clean them often during this time, as the recycled air could cause germs to proliferate and your sickness could be prolonged.