The Benefits of Humidifiers

The Benefits of Humidifiers

The moisture you see in the mornings of a foggy day or in a hot shower, is humidity. The level of humidity can change according to the climate, and when it climbs too high or dips too low, it can cause problems. A humidifier can help keep humidity levels, especially in arid climates where it is usually low.

It is also beneficial in the winter when the air is generally cold and dry. As humidity levels change different problems can occur, and these can affect your general health.

High Humidity:

When humidity levels rise, condensation often appears on windows and homes can feel uncomfortably warm. The air can feel heavy and oppressive, and it can be difficult to feel any air flowing through. Mold and mildew are common problems, along with bacteria and dust mites. Allergy sufferers and people with asthma, often have problems when humidity levels rise.

Low Humidity:

Humidity levels that are too low can also result in problems. Dry, flaky skin that also itches is common, along with irritated nasal passages. Itchy eyes and problems breathing at night can also be a result of low humidity, and static electricity is common too. Low humidity levels can also cause wood to crack, along with grout around tiles. Oil paintings and books can also be damaged when the humidity dips.

In general the humidity level should be around 30 to 60 percent to ensure maximum comfort and good health, which is why many people rely on a humidifier.

Which Humidifier is Right for You?

Vicks Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

If you only need a humidifier for one or two rooms, a small portable model is probably the best one for you. If you need to regulate humidity levels throughout the house, then you will want to consider a central system that connects to your furnace. Units that are installed with the existing water system in your home are convenient and never need to be refilled, while tabletop models need to be checked regularly. If you do choose a whole house system you will want to contact a heating ventilation and air condition (HVAC) specialist, who is qualified to install the unit according to state and federal standards. These professionals are also be able to choose the right size unit for your home, which can save you time and money. There are some portable models that are capable of covering up to 2,400 square feet or more, but you might want to check with a “Step by Step Guide for Choosing the Right Humidifier” before you make your final decision.

Things to Remember

The capacity or size of the water tank should be compatible with the dimensions of the room.
There are portable humidifiers that come with one or two tanks, so you can easily find one that fits the size of the room where you want to use it.

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