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Types of Humidifiers
If your home is too dry, you should consider investing in a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Centerville Heating & Cooling offers a line of humidifiers to help you optimize your home heating system in the winter and relieve dry air and low humidity issues such as wood damage, chapped lips, dry skin, flu symptoms, and allergy and asthma flare-ups. Below are the different types of humidifiers available:
Central or whole-home humidification units are installed directly into a homeowners HVAC system and work effectively to humidify the dwelling evenly throughout.
These are also called a “cool mist humidifier.” They utilize a rotating disc that emits water through a diffuser. This breaks larger droplets up into a fine mist. They are considered a child-friendly option, and require minimal energy to humidify a larger area. The downside is that they can be noisy and a home for bacteria, which tends to gather around the filter.
These single units add moisture to the room it is placed in. Similar to how a boiling pot of water evaporates and sends moisture to the air, an evaporator humidifier works the same way. They are small and relatively inexpensive options. However, they’re only intended for a small area.
These portable units can be found at your area drugstore or online but keep in mind, they are known to cause burns. Be careful using them if you have pets or small children.
Benefits of Humidifier Installation
Reduce the risk of illness
Bacteria and viruses can’t travel as well in moist air. It is possible that using a humidifier might prevent you from catching a bug during the cold season. In any case, dry air can cause a host of health-related problems.
Have you ever woken up with a dry nose that felt stiff during the winter? Even if you don’t have a cold, winter air dries out the sinuses and lowers one’s immunity to airborne and other bacteria. More moisture in the air means more comfortable sinuses.
Prevents morning sore throat.
Because overly dry air affects your vocal cords, it can leave you with a dry, scratchy throat in the morning. Keeping the air moist and maintaining humidity levels during the winter helps provide relief to your vocal cords, especially while you sleep.
Not enough moisture in the air in your home can cause wood furnishing, woodwork and wood flooring to crack and even split. Using a humidifier helps preserve the integrity of the wood in your home.
If you or someone in your home snores at night, it might be related to dry sinuses, which makes snoring worse. A moist environment that has ideal humidity levels can soothe dry sinuses, lower snoring levels and bring you the comfort conducive to a good night’s sleep.
General Humidifier FAQ
What is the ideal level of humidity to maintain?
The ideal level of humidity to maintain in an interior space largely depends on a variety of factors, but generally should range from 30% to 50%. This range is optimal for maintaining good air quality and comfort and is also often best for the health of those who occupy the space.
When it comes to indoor air quality, proper humidity is essential.