If dry winter air is making your skin itchy and your throat scratchy, it may be time to buy a humidifier for your home. These devices keep the humidity in your home within an ideal range, so you can prevent dry skin, nosebleeds, dry wood furniture, and even cracked wallpaper. Depending on your needs, you can buy a model that fits on a table top, one that sits on the floor, or a central humidifier that hooks into your furnace. Here's how to decide which type is right for you.
If you just want to humidify a single room such as your bedroom, so you can sleep better at night, then a tabletop humidifier is a good choice. These are fairly inexpensive, but they are small, and only have enough output to treat one room at a time. Running one of these in your bedroom can help you combat dry skin and throat irritation. One may be comforting when you have a cold or sore throat.
One drawback to these simple units is they are prone to breeding bacteria since water is held in the reservoir. Plus, scale builds up quickly if you use tap water in the device. For these reasons, you have to clean these models frequently. Another problem arises if you buy an inexpensive unit without a humidistat that automatically shuts the humidifier off. The humidifier runs until you shut it off, and that can cause so much humidity in your room that water condenses on the windows, and this can cause mold to grow.
If your home has an open floor plan, a larger humidifier that rests on wheels might be ideal. These have a high enough output to humidify an entire house as long as parts of the house are not closed off. These are generally more sophisticated, too, so they turn on and off automatically, and run only when needed. This eliminates worries about putting too much humidity in your home, which can be as damaging as too little.
The disadvantage to a floor model is that it's hard to clean because it's so big. Since it holds water in a reservoir, you have to clean it periodically to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold inside the unit. If you don't, you can blow germs and spores into the air right along with the humidity. Be sure to read the manual that comes with the humidifier you buy and follow the recommendations for frequency of cleaning and the solutions to use.
If your entire home is dry for several months of the year, and you worry about the effects on your furniture as well as your health, then a humidifier that connects to your furnace is the best choice. These also connect directly to your plumbing, so there is ready access to water and there is no need for a reservoir. This lowers the risk of creating airborne contaminants with your humidifier.
These humidifiers are controlled by a humidistat. You set the level of humidity you want in your home and forget about it. All you have to do is change the filter pad once a year. The drawback to one of these humidifiers is they only run when your furnace runs. That probably won't matter too much since your furnace runs quite a bit during the winter. They usually require professional installation, too, since they have to be in line with the airflow from your furnace and a plumbing pipe.
No matter what type of humidifier you install, it can be difficult to know how often to let it run, since the humidity level in your home should fluctuate along with the outdoor temperature. The best guide is to have it set high enough to make you feel comfortable and low enough so condensation does not form on your windows.Share
20 January 2015
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