If the wintertime air that is in your home makes your skin feel as dry as the Sahara then you need a humidifier. Chapped lips, dry and itchy skin and static electricity are some of the minor seasonal annoyances we have to put up with during the cold winter months.
But the severe dry air is also defined as a humidity level that is below 30 percent. This very low humidity is also blamed for more serious conditions like dry nasal passages and nosebleeds. Very dry air will also make your allergies and asthma worse.
The lack of moisture could also harm your hardwood floors, wood furniture and wooden musical instruments. The repair of these items can become very costly. So considering installing a humidifier would make sense in regards to all wood items in your home.
The air inside your home should be between 30 percent and 50 percent humidity. Boiling the water for making tea or taking an extra long shower will help put moisture into the air. But, again this is a costly way to get the extra moisture you need in your home.
One long-term solution is to add a humidifier. You could by a humidifier sensor and humidifier for your home. You need to research the types out there to make sure you are getting one that will work with the size home you have. Remember that you do not want to over-humidify your home because that will cause more problems like condensation, mold and bacteria growth.
A lot of newer homes may already have whole-house humidifiers installed. It is not that unusual for some older homes to need a humidifier on the first floor. All humidifiers whether old or new need regular cleaning and filters replaced on a regular basis. There are numerous types of humidifiers available to purchase for your home. There is warm mist, steam vapor and cool mist humidifiers. You should talk to a professional heating and cooling professional like the ones at Heating Cooling Chapel Hill to make sure which unit is right for your home. They are trained to know which unit will work in your home and they will install it for you.
Whole House Humidifier
A whole house humidifier works when it is tied into your home’s forced-air heating system. The unit will draw water from your plumbing and then send the moist air through the heating and cooling duct work. This type of unit is also called a general, forced-air, in-duct or central humidifier.
One plus for this kind of system is that it keeps the entire home at a preset humidity level and there is no reservoir to fill. One downside is that the humidification of your home only happens when the heating system is running. Mineral deposits also have to be cleaned with diluted white vinegar every so often. You can expect to pay around $100 to $500. The professionals at Heating Cooling Chapel Hill are ready to install this unit if you decide it is what you want.
Portable humidifiers are basically free standing units that have a water reservoir, are on wheels and can be moved from room to room. These consoles can usually humidify more than one room but certain tabletop versions are for one room only. One good point for this type of unit is that it can be moved anywhere. Plus it is good for renters and is easy to hook up. On the down side, they tend to be heavy and noisy. Unfortunately the reservoir will probably need to be refilled daily. The cost of this type of unit is $75 to $150.
Steam vapor humidifiers work by boiling the water and then release the heated water as a warm water vapor. This steam vapor is released into a room or through forced-air heating ducts. The positive point for this type of humidifier is that the wall attached units have a water pipe installed into the side of the unit so you will not have to worry about refilling the reservoir every day. The down side to this type of unit is since it is heating water with electricity; your power bill might increase because of the extra power needed to heat the water.
These portable humidifiers expel warm distilled steam into a specific space. The filters inside these units will keep minerals in the water from becoming airborne. These units will typically come with a small compartment for special medications, such as Vick’s Vapor Rub. On a positive note, these types of units are typically quieter than the cool mist humidifiers. On the down side, you have to clean them frequently because the warm water can start breeding germs if left uncleaned for too long.
There are two types of cool mist humidifiers. The Evaporative and ultrasonic cool mist units pass water over a wick and then expel the vapor that cools the room’s temperature. Evaporative humidifiers capture any minerals in the water. Certain units come with antibacterial filters too. Cool mist humidifiers can be used as whole house humidifiers. On the down side they are typically noisy and you cannot use medications with this type. The ultrasonic humidifiers can also release particles into the air along with the cool mist.
Clean the water tank every three days. Remember to replace the filters in your unit as the manual for your unit recommends. Keep a look out for dampness that may collect around the unit. This may mean it is turned up too high and this could allow mold and bacteria to grow rapidly.
There is a lot of information to take in. If you need more clarification call the professionals at Heating Cooling Chapel Hill. They are trained to help you choose the best type of unit for your home and your family’s needs. Call today for more information.
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