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Humidifiers

A humidifier is a device used for maintaining the atmosphere moisture levels in a room. There are many health and home benefits to adding a humidifier to your home, whether it is a single room humidifier, or a whole home humidifier. The proper level of moisture in your home should be 30-60%.


A whole home humidifier is a humidifier that can be added to your heating and air conditioning system. There are three common types of humidifiers.

The first type is a Bypass Humidifier. A Bypass Humidifier is a humidifier that you would install in either the supply or return of your heating and air conditioning system. It requires ducting to connect the return and supply together with the humidifier located in between. A Bypass Humidifier adds moisture from the warm air that passes across it into your home.

A second commonly used humidifier is a Steam Humidifier. A Steam Humidifier is a humidifier that adds moisture to the air by boiling water until steam forms. A steam humidifier can be installed into your heating and air conditioning system for a whole home humidifier, or a Steam Humidifier can be a single room humidifier that can be placed on a table top.

The third commonly used humidifier is a Fan-Powered Humidifier. A Fan-Powered Humidifier is similar to a Bypass Humidifier except that instead of required ducting between the supply and return, it has a fan that blows moisture into ducting entering the entire home. A Fan-Powered Humidifier is installed into the heating and air conditioning system and the fan blows air across the water panel for increased water evaporation. Fan-Powered Humidifiers are ideal for locations that have limited installation space.



All three of these humidifier types have helpful home and health benefits. When adding the right level of moisture back into the air, it can benefit you health-wise by keeping your respiratory and your sinuses moist to help to prevent colds, sinus infections, congestion problems, and aggravated respiratory passages. Adding a humidifier to your home can overall help you to breath better.

The home benefits for adding a humidifier to your home is that adding the proper level of moisture to your home can keep wallpaper, wood flooring and structural members from drying out and cracking. Also adding the proper level of moisture back into your home will reduce the electric shock from static electricity due to low levels of moisture. Low levels of moisture from lack of humidity can cause electric shocks which can also effect your electronic equipment as well.

Dry air also can make your house feel colder, which in turn can cause you to overheat your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, for every degree you heat your house, you add four percent to your energy bill

Having your humidifier installed and adjusted properly is very important. When you add too much moisture into your home it can cause a breeding ground for mold and mildew, it can also cause muggy conditions in your home as well as window condensation.

Having the proper level of humidity in your home can make sure that your heating and air conditioning system run at optimal level.   if you have any questions or are interested in having a humidifier installed in your home or business give us a call


   

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/indoorenv/mold.html

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/indoorenv/mold.html

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/final_companion_piece.pdf

http://www.thermalzone.com/Indoor-Air-Quality/Indoor-Air-Quality-humidifiers.pdf


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