WHY SHOULD YOU GET A HUMIDIFIER FOR YOUR HOME?
Having a humidifier or dehumidifier in your home is essential to both your health and its upkeep.
Humidifiers Keep You Healthy – Ever feel all bunged up in cold or dry weather? Well, that is because of a lack of moisture in the air. Humidity allows the tiny hairs in your nose to move and do their job of filtering out bacteria and viruses which cause colds and the flu. By adding moisture to your home, you are allowing those tiny hairs to do their job, and keeping yourself healthy. Try the The Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier.
Treats Illness – If you are already sick, air moisturized with a humidifier can help soothe the symptoms of colds or flu. When the air is too dry your sinuses don’t drain and function correctly, leaving you feeling blocked up and in pain. Try the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier.
Helps You Heal Faster – Humidifiers don’t only treat your illness and relieve your symptoms, but they also allow you to heal faster.
No More Nosebleeds – It is essential to have your nasal passages moist and lubricated (with water, of course!) in order to prevent nosebleeds. Try the TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.
Humidifiers Reduce Snoring – Snoring is caused by low moisture levels in your nose and soft palate. Moisture can also be added to the air with a humidifier. By adding this moisture, you fight off the dryness that leads to snoring – leaving both you and your partner happy.
Moisturize Your Skin – Blasting the heat throughout your home during the winter months dries out the air. This can leave your skin looking and feeling tight, dry and itchy (especially around areas like your hands). Dry air also causes chapped lips more often and more easily in winter which can often feel painful. By sleeping with your humidifier on at night, you can add moisture to the air. Try the PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier.
Help Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles – Making sure that the wrinkles do not show up in the first place is the best way to treat them. The drier your skin is, the more prominent your wrinkles become. A humidifier helps fill the room with nourishing, moisturizing steam that can smooth out your skin and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Help to Prevent Breakouts – When you strip the oils from your face with a cleanser, your skin is forced to produce even more oil to compensate which can result in a nasty breakout. Similarly, when the air dries out the sensitive skin on your face, your oil production kicks up and may cause blemishes. Keeping the correct humidity levels in your home helps banish acne and soothes dry skin. Combine the use of the humidifier with applying moisturizer specific to your skin type to further improve your skin and keep it looking amazing as well as breakout-free.
Sleep Easier – If you have a have a baby or toddler in your home, then setting up a humidifier in their room will help them sleep and feel better. Babies tend to be more comfortable and sleep better in a humidified environment. The best part is that a comfortable, sleeping baby provides a restful night for everyone in the house. Try the Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.
Breathe Easily – Providing moisture to the air in your baby’s room is one way to make sure your child is more comfortable, especially if you can tell that he or she is fighting a cold. The moisture provided by a humidifier can help in loosening congestion. During the times of sickness, the heated air in our homes, especially during winter, can make your baby’s nose burn. This often leads to endless crying until the issue is resolve by putting on the humidifier. Try the SPT Polar Bear Ultrasonic Humidifier.
Humidifiers Help to Protect Furnishings – If you have wooden furniture and flooring, you should definitely have a humidifier. Too much moisture or dryness can be an enemy to your wood furniture – causing various problems. Too much moisture often leads to mildew while too little moisture causes dryness. Dryness in furniture can cause it to lose its natural luster and develop weakened joints. Maintaining a consistent temperature in your home by using a humidifier can help to establish the perfect balance for your furniture to remain preserved and beautiful all year round. Try the Aprilaire Model 600 Humidifier.
Helps to Hydrate Your Indoor Plants – Many species of indoor plants originally come from tropical climates with high humidity. With many homes drying out during the winter months, indoor air does not offer adequate humidity for these plants to thrive. Try the Essick Air® AIRCARE EP9 800 Digital Pedestal-Style Evaporative Humidifier.
Humidifiers Control Static Electricity – The dry air in your home not only causes your socks to stick to your pants and shirts, but also causes static electricity. With a humidifier, you can simply lessen the potential for static electricity throughout the year and almost completely control it by keeping the humidity from dropping. Added static electricity in your home can be annoying, but it can also be a real danger to your electronic equipment – including your computer.
How Humid Should Your Home Be
Many people are unaware that the level of moisture in the air of their home is doing them harm. Particularly during winter months, low humidity occurs and brings with it an increased risk of dry skin, chapped lips, sinus infection, cough symptoms and much more.
To help balance out the levels of humidity in your home it is a wise idea to purchase a humidifier. Moisture in a room is essential for staying healthy. Humidifiers work to maintain healthy moisture levels in the air. Having humidity in the air is vitally important and not only helps your health, but can also help your furniture to last longer. On top of this, during winter months a humidifier can reduce your bills since humid air feels warmer, and you’ll end up using less energy in an attempt to stay cozy and warm.
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WHICH WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIER IS FOR YOU?
Bypass humidifiers use a furnace to add moisture to the warm air in your home. They suck the warm air in from your home’s heat ducts, where it then passes through a water panel. Here, the air absorbs moisture. This air is then dispersed back into your home as steam. Try the Aprilaire 500M – Bypass Humidifier 12 GPD with Manual Humidistat.
Fan-powered humidifiers are very similar to bypass humidifiers. The difference is that the fan-powered humidifiers, as you may guess from the name, include a fan. This fan blows air across the water panel which increases the amount of evaporation that takes place. Power humidifiers can therefore produce much more humidity per day.
Steam humidifiers will increase the level of humidity in the air by heating up water until it boils. Once the water is boiled the steam from it will be pushed through your home’s vents by the system’s fan. This type of humidifier is the fastest and most efficient method of increasing and maintaining the right level of humidity in your home. Try the Air O Swiss S450 Steam Humidifier.
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OUR BEST WHOLE HOME HUMIDIFIERS
Aprilaire 700 Whole House Humidifier w/ Automatic Digital Control, .75 Gallons/hr
The Aprilaire 700 |Whole House Humidifier is perfect for homes up to 4,200 square feet. With an automatic digital control dispersing 0.75-gallons of evaporated water each hour throughout the day, it is one of the highest capacity humidifiers on the market. It also delivers 50% more moisture than its competitors.
Essick Air® AIRCARE® MA1201 Whole-House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier
Unlike most whole house humidifiers, the Essick Air® AIRCARE® MA1201 Whole-House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier is a console-type portable whole-house evaporative humidifier that covers 3,600 square feet. With a 3.6-gallon tank dispersing up to 12-gallons of water into moisture within a 24-hour period, it is a humidifier that can be left on throughout the day without burning out.
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WHY SHOULD YOU GET A DEHUMIDIFIER FOR YOUR HOME?
- Reduces humidity levels making your home less hospitable to allergens such as dust mites, mold and mildew.
- Not disruptive to your daily life as it runs quietly and efficiently allowing for the lack of sleep deprivation.
- Reduces odors that can accompany mold and mildew in your bedroom.
- Reduces the possibility of mold developing on your clothing, furniture, curtains, bed sheets and other linens.
- Reduces irritation to your skin and your respiratory system, allowing you to breathe easier and feel comfortable especially at night.
- Allows clothing to dry faster.
- Reduces dust in your bedroom.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PURCHASING A DEHUMIDIFIERS FOR YOUR HOME
With excellent benefits for your health, it seems important to purchase a dehumidifier for your home. But before you spend your money purchasing a dehumidifier, here are a few things to keep in mind:
What Do You Need It For
There are various types of dehumidifiers that are used for various things. You don’t want to stuck with an industrial, flood-recovery dehumidifier in bedroom, but rather one that is small, and works perfectly at relieving allergy symptoms, or prevents mildew in you bedroom. Once you know what you’re going to use your dehumidifier for, you can make a more informative decision when purchasing one for your bedroom.
Know Your Space
It’s important to choose the right size dehumidifier, as the unit may not be able to remove enough moisture from the air if it is too small, and too much if it is too big. If you get a dehumidifier that is too small for a room, it will waste energy by working too hard and won’t have the longevity that you need.
Make sure you spend some time doing your research on different brands before making your final purchase. Think about what will work best for your particular needs as well as the size of your bedroom. Different brands offer different types of models with different features including design, capacity and draining method.
What Is The Room’s Temperature & Humidity Level
Both indoor temperature and humidity levels affect the performance of dehumidifiers. Using a dehumidifier in a low-temperature space like a garage or basement, you need to make sure that it will continue to operate efficiently in the cold climate. The coils in the unit may freeze up, and may it will become ineffective.
Does It Have A Drain Hose Attachments
All dehumidifiers collect the water that they remove from the air, and you should consider how yours will eliminate this water. Standard dehumidifiers contain buckets that you must empty regularly, and automatically shut off when the buckets are full. Most modern dehumidifiers come equipped with drain hose attachments, which allows water to drain away without you having to empty buckets.
DOES A DEHUMIDIFIER HELP WITH FLOOD RESTORATION?
Once an air mover has extracted all the moisture from the drywall, carpets and framing material, the dehumidifier can be put to use. A dehumidifier pulls in the warm moisture over a cold coil which causes the water vapor in the air to condense. The condensed water is then collected in a tray or pumped away (depending on your dehumidifier model and make).
Problems can occur if you have too much or too little air movement and not enough dehumidification. If water damaged structures have too much air and too little dehumidification, there is the possibility of secondary damage happening. Secondary damage is the result of extremely high relative humidity which can cause the following:
- damage of books
- damage of electrical instruments
- warped doors, drawers and ceilings
- peeling wallpaper and corroded metal
The same can be said for the reverse situation when you use too little air movement. This can prolong the drying process. The longer the water is present, the higher the probability that there will be damage to structural elements such as:
- sheet rock disintegrating
- framework warping
- carpet backing rotting