Choosing the Right Humidifier
Dry skin is absolutely miserable! We all know the feeling of waking up and feeling like our skin could crack with a flick of the wrist, and dry air is to blame.
Dry air attacks our skin drawing out all moisture and leaves a rigid, cracked surface on the brink of crying out for help.
Well, help your skin! Dry skin is just one reason that experts recommend using a humidifier, a device that emits water into the air to increase moisture levels (humidity) in your home or office. Even in Marietta, homeowners are sticking with cleaner, moisture-filled air to stay comfortable while in their space.
Continue on as we share advice on choosing the right humidifier for your home.
Do I Need A Humidifier?
Humidifiers add moisture back into the air in your home hydrating your skin, eliminating static electricity and reducing cracks in wood floors and furniture. Increased humidity in the home also reduces the severity of cold and allergy symptoms by moistening nasal passages and thinning mucus in the sinuses.
Adding a humidifier to your home can be beneficial in many ways, but how do you know which type is best for you? Did you even know there were different types of humidifiers?
Cool Mist Humidifiers
Cool Mist Humidifiers are an effective way to humidify your home and relieve congestion, dry throats and skin.
Here are three types of cool mist humidifiers:
- Impeller – Uses a high speed-rotating disk to release water droplets into the air.
- Evaporative – Transmits moisture into the air using a fan which blows through an absorbent material.
- Ultrasonic – Creates a cool mist by means of ultrasonic vibrations.
Although cool mist humidifiers don’t pose any fire hazards, there are concerns with these devices as well. They require regular maintenance in the form of cleaning or filter replacement to prevent mold growth or mineral buildup.
Other ways to ensure that you’re not putting you or your family at risk include:
- Changing the water in the holding tank every day
- Thoroughly cleaning the entire humidifier every few days
- Using distilled water in the tank rather than mineral-filled tap water
- Monitor the humidity level in your home on a regular basis
Warm Mist Humidifiers and Steam Vaporizers
Warm mist humidifiers work by boiling water and releasing moisture in the form of steam. They tend to be the quietest type because they don’t require fans to disperse the steam, but they’re not the best choice for homes with children due to the risk of burns from the heating element and boiling water.
Keep them out of reach of children and away from flammable objects. Never place a warm mist humidifier or steam vaporizer on the carpet or other upholstered surfaces.
Choose the Right Size
Size matters and having the right size humidifier in your home can determine if your entire house is humidified correctly. If you only want to add humidity to a specific area you should choose a portable humidifier, but if you want to enjoy increased humidity throughout your home you should choose a whole house humidifier.
Portable humidifiers generally have small tanks that your refill with water and are usually sufficient for adding humidity to a single room. Whole house humidifiers work directly with your heating and air conditioning system and distribute moisture throughout your home.
Increasing the humidity in your home can ease allergy symptoms and soothe dry skin, but it is possible for the humidity in your home to be too high. Humidity levels of over 50 percent encourage the growth of mold spores, bacteria and dust mites.
A humidistat monitors the level of humidity in the air and shuts the humidifier off when the ideal level is reached. Both portable and whole house humidifiers are available with built in humidistats, but the portable variety can only measure the humidity levels of the air directly around it. For accurate humidity maintenance, a whole house humidifier with a humidistat is the best option.
Whole house humidifiers also require significantly less attention than portable units, as all water needed to add moisture to the air comes from a small water line connected to your plumbing. A whole house humidifier and humidistat can be easily and quickly installed by a heating and air professional.
Take a deep breath and feel the difference your humidifier has brought into your home. Whether you choose a warm mist or cool mist humidifier, always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep it very clean. Disregarding the cleanliness of your humidifier can cause damage to your health and that of your family. Stay safe and breathe easy!
For help choosing the right humidifier, call Anytime HVAC serving the Atlanta area at (678) 686-1093!