Air humidifier market size

The air humidifier market size was more than $850 million in 2015 and is anticipated to grow at 5.2% CAGR from 2016 to 2023, to exceed $1.3 billion by 2023.


U.S. Air Humidifier Market size, by product, 2012-2023 (USD Million). Courtesy: Global Market InsightsIndustry analysis

Air humidifiers are likely to experience high demand in colder geographical areas as heating systems dry air causing chapped lips and skin, sore eyes, dry throat, sinus passages, and sinus congestion. Furthermore, these devices aid in reducing static electricity effectively, which is predicted to be a major concern for electronic devices, computer storage devices, and compact discs. For instance, a computer microchip requires 10 V of static discharge to be damaged. Files on compact discs can also be damaged if a static discharge is released, causing an irreplaceable loss. Other minor complications related to static discharge include unmanageable hair, paper jam in copiers as well as printers, and dust attraction to TV and computer screens. Rising adoption in industrial applications is expected to catapult the global air humidifier market size over the next 7 years.

Dry atmospheric conditions are highly prone to static electricity production and may cause high interference with production equipment and other electronic machine operations. It helps in maintaining humidity levels between 40% and 60% RH (relative humidity). In highly explosive sectors, dry air and its resultant static charge accumulations may prove extremely dangerous. Rising demand for these systems from hospitals owing to effective prevention, propagation, and proliferation of biological contaminants offered is predicted to fuel the air humidifier market size over the forecast period.

Product analysis

The warm-mist air humidifier market share is anticipated to surpass $580 million by 2023. Growth in the segment can be attributed to bacteria-free air offered by these devices. Ultrasonic systems are forecast to exhibit considerable growth, owing to quiet operation as well as low-maintenance requirements.

Features such as ease of usability and a simplified installation process are projected to drive growth over the next 7 years. Dry air is likely to cause serious production troubles or material deterioration for hygroscopic materials, such as paper, wood, fibers, textile, chemicals, and leather.

Technology analysis

The portable air humidifier market share was more than 85% in 2015 and is expected to remain significant over the next 7 years. Growth in the segment can be credited to high convenience, mobility, and portability offered by these systems. Whole-house systems are projected to witness moderate growth prospects owing low features, such as power consumption and low-maintenance cost.

Portable products require regular user attention, as these devices offer the perfect medium for organisms. These systems are likely to cause health issues if not cleaned persistently or left unattended. High energy consumption and a low level of control may hamper demand.

Application analysis

The right air humidity level is likely to assure high productivity as well as a sense of well-being among individuals, which is projected to be the chief driver across the residential sector. Humidification is anticipated to be a vital parameter for personal comfort in various indoor settings, such as commercial and residential environments. Appropriate indoor humidification directly impacts the user's comfort level. Substantial reduction in respiratory illnesses is anticipated to propel the air humidifier market size from 2016 to 2023.

Optimized energy consumption accompanied by low operational cost is likely to increase demand across numerous industry sectors, such as manufacturing and process data centers, hospitals, and operation theaters. These devices ensure efficient humidity control along with high compliance with the standards in force.

Regional analysis

Europe's air humidifier market share contributed more than 25% of the overall industry revenue in 2015 and is estimated to grow at 5.0% CAGR, mainly on account of colder climatic conditions in the region. North America, which was largely driven by the U.S. air humidifier market size, was more than $300 million in 2015. According to ASHRAE, humidity levels ranging between 45% and 55% RH are ideal for data centers, to prevent sparks generation that may cause serious damage to information technology equipment. In addition, rising awareness of these devices is likely to result in adoption across hospital operating rooms as well as semiconductor manufacturing plants.

Competitive market share

Key industry players contributing to the global air humidifier market share include Armstrong International, Boneco, Carel Industries SpA., Carrier, and DriSteem. Other prominent industry participants include Honeywell, Neptronic, Nortec Humidity, Procter & Gamble, Philips, Stadler Form, Vornado Air, and Winix. Frequent mergers and acquisitions describe the global competitive scenario. In February 2014, Armstrong International acquired Veris Inc. The move has helped the company to expand its portfolio of intelligent system solutions. In 2015, Stadler Form made technological improvements to its Oskar product offering. The updated model offers a reminder indicator that signals need of filter change. The added feature may help in increasing product sales.

Market background

Air humidifiers are mainly used i to preserve material properties, prevent static electricity buildup, and ensure a comfortable and healthy environment for residents or workers. Humidity-specific industries, such as printing, packaging, paper, textiles, plastics, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and automotive manufacturing, are likely to exhibit high demand for these products. Printers and paper manufacturers use these products to avoid paper shrinkage and curl.

These devices also play a vital role in cold-storage rooms for preserving freshness in food against the dryness caused by cold temperatures. Furthermore, art museums and galleries install these products to protect sensitive works of art and also comfort visitors against dryness caused by heaters during colder climes. Any place or surrounding is prone to static buildup and sparks if the humidity level goes below 45% RH. When between 45% and 55% RH, static builds up at condensed levels, whereas a humidity level of more than 55% RH ensures no static buildup.

-This article originally appeared on Global Market Insights is a CFE Media content partner.

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