A humidifier is an electric device primarily used to increase the level of humidity in a room or building. This device increases the moisture content in the air to maintain atmospheric conditions ideal for other equipment. Humidifiers are mostly installed in commercial, industrial, and institutional places as a part of the HVAC system. A steam humidifier is a type of humidifier that increases humidity by creating steam inside it and injecting the air as per the requirement. A steam humidifier has a source of heat for creating steam.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has set certain standards for indoor environmental conditions to achieve acceptable thermal comfort for occupants of buildings. According to these standards, generally, 30%–60% of relative humidity is suitable for thermal comfort in indoor space. The relative humidity is the ratio of the actual amount of moisture in the air as a percentage of the saturation amount. Stream humidifiers are available in different types and sizes, depending on the area where they would be used and weather conditions. Steam humidifiers are preferred by residents of cold areas. Different industries such as food & beverages as well as hotels and offices are increasingly preferring the use of humidifiers. This is expected to drive the global steam humidifier market in the next few years.
The global steam humidifier market can be segmented based on type, end-user, distribution channel, and geography.
Based on type, the market can be categorized into electric-fired and gas-fired. The electric-fired segment can be sub-divided into electrode humidifier and resistive humidifier. Electrode humidifiers are low-priced, but they have high maintenance costs. The electric-fired segment is expected to witness significant growth in the next few years, due to high operational efficiency of these humidifiers.
In terms of end-user, the steam humidifier market can be categorized into residential, commercial, and industrial. The industrial segment can be sub-divided into automotive, aerospace, electronics, food & beverages, and others. The commercial segment can be sub-classified into hotels & spas, offices, call centers, and others. The industrial segment dominates the market and it is expected to maintain its dominance in the next few years, due to rising demand from the food & beverage industry.
Based on the distribution channel, the market can be segmented into online and offline. The online segment is anticipated to dominate the market in the near future, as manufacturers are focused on enhancing their online presence and are collaborating with other manufacturers to increase their visibility among consumers.
Based on the region, the global steam humidifier market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. North America and Europe witness high demand for steam humidifiers, as these regions have countries with a cold climate. Also, North America witnesses presence of major manufacturers of steam humidifiers. An increasing number of manufacturing plants and commercial offices in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region is expected to boost the market in the region during the forecast period. South America also witnesses surging demand for steam humidifiers. The market in the Middle East is also expected to register a significant growth rate in the next few years, as the demand from the commercial sector in this region is rising.
The global steam humidifier market is fragmented, with the presence of global and regional players. Leading players in the market are PLASTON Group, National Environmental Products Ltd., UCAN CO., LTD., PURE Humidifier Company, Thermolec Ltd, and Condair Group. Product advancements, new product development, collaborations, mergers, and acquisitions are strategies adopted by leading market players to expand their reach across the globe.