Why Humidify Your Home?


winter-tree-careDuring winter, does it often still feel chilly, even with the heat on? Are you getting shocked by static electricity? Do you have nose and throat irritation?

The heated air inside your home expands and pulls moisture away from everything it touches, and can leave your home’s interior feeling as dry as a desert.

Air moisture, also known as humidity is necessary for good health, comfortable living and more efficient home heating.

Why Humidify?

A humidifier is an appliance that increases humidity in single rooms or the entire house.

Properly humidified air feels warmer. Moist air doesn’t pull moisture away from your body, and static electricity discomfort is reduced when air is properly humidified.

When the humidity is at the recommended level, wood furniture, drywall and plaster don’t dry out and crack, and electrical appliances operate more efficiently. The proper humidity setting helps prevent nose and throat irritation.

A well-humidified home doesn’t suffer as much shrinkage during the cold months. This helps prevent outside air infiltration. In addition, humidified air feels warmer so you will feel more comfortable at a lower thermostat setting, thus saving a little on heating costs.

What is the correct level of humidity? Most humidifier manufacturers recommend a level between 35 to 45 percent as the ideal indoor humidity level.

warm-mist-humidifierChoosing a Humidifier

There are portable humidifiers, which are used to humidify single rooms, and whole house humidifiers that humidify a much larger area. Also available are “forced air” furnace humidifiers that integrate with your home’s HVAC system to provide humidity throughout the house.

Humidifier capacity is measured in gallons of water used per day. On the lower end, if you want to humidify 500 sq. ft. of space or smaller, a 2-gallon capacity humidifier is ideal. Larger spaces and whole-house units usually require a 10-gallon plus capacity.

There are a number of humidifier types that are all effective but work in different ways:

evaporative-humidifierEvaporative – These humidifiers usually consist of a reservoir, wick and fan. The wick sucks up water like a sponge from the reservoir and the fan blows air over the wick creating moist air. That air is then expelled as a vapor to create comfortable humidity.

Vaporizer – These models boil water and release moisture into the air. One benefit of this type is that medicated inhalants can be added to aid in better breathing for those who might have the flu or a cough. Also, they are less likely to pass along impurities that may exist in a humidifier’s reservoir. And, the boiling of the water destroys mold.

Impeller – These expel a cool mist, produced by a rotating disc that throws water into a diffuser, which turns the water into tiny drops that are expelled.

Ultrasonic – A metal diaphragm vibrates due to ultrasonic frequencies to create a cool fog that quickly absorbs into the surrounding air.

Whole-house – These can be a stand-alone unit or a model that is integrated into the ductwork of your HVAC system.

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