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If you want to maintain good indoor air quality in your home, you might be wondering whether you need humidifiers or dehumidifiers. Each of them improves the air quality in your home in a different way—so what exactly is the difference between the two, and how do you know which one you need?
A humidifier is used to add moisture to the air in order to increase the humidity level. It does this by slowly releasing water vapor into the air. There are two main types of humidifiers: warm mist and cool mist humidifiers. The difference between the two is that people who are more sensitive to heat usually do better with a cool mist humidifier. Humidifiers are most often used in warm, dry climates and during winters when the indoor air is dry. They’re usually portable appliances that can be placed wherever’s most convenient for the homeowner.
A dehumidifier, on the other hand, is used to remove excess moisture from the air. It does this by sucking air into the appliance, condensing and gathering the moisture, and blowing the dry air back into the room. Dehumidifiers are used in humid climates, but also in cold climates that see a lot of precipitation. While there are many portable dehumidifiers on the market, there are also dehumidifiers that can be installed in the basement of your home to keep the structure dry. They come in four main types: ionic, desiccant, refrigerative, and electronic.
Now you know the difference between the two types of appliances, which one is right for you?
In general, your home’s humidity level should be between 35 and 45 percent. That means you need a humidifier if your home’s indoor humidity levels are lower than 30 to 35 percent. However, this scientific qualification doesn’t account for individual preferences and needs. You might benefit from having a humidifier in your home if you often suffer from dry skin, sore throat, burning eyes, or sinus congestion. A humidifier is also often advised for people who suffer from asthma and allergies since these can both be exacerbated by low humidity levels.
If your home’s humidity levels are more than 45 to 50 percent, you need a dehumidifier. You can also tell the humidity levels are high if there’s condensation on the inside of the windows, if you can see moisture stains on the ceiling or walls, or if you can see signs of mold or mildew growth. Excess moisture in the air can cause several health problems, including headaches and trouble with breathing. It also encourages mildew and mold growth, which can have a serious impact on both your health and your home. In terms of health problems, it can cause migraines, respiratory problems, and allergies. It can also affect the structure of your home, causing wood and other materials to rot and resulting in costly damage.
Now that you know the problems associated with air that’s either too dry or moist, the key is to carefully evaluate what you’re dealing with in your home and choose the right appliance for your needs. Remember that your home is an investment and your health is priceless, so whatever you do to make the quality of the air in your home better will have benefits for days, months, and years to come.
Call the experts at Custom Climate Heating & Air Inc to schedule your HVAC service today!