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Tips for Buying A Humidifier
In dry climates, having a humidifier can be a great addition to a house. Humidifiers help to prevent the drying out of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat, which can cause respiratory problems. Humidifiers can also prevent the cracking of wooden furniture, and protect artwork.
In areas of low humidity, static electricity is a problem and humidifiers help to prevent that. There are two types of humidifiers that you can purchase. The first is steam humidifiers, which heats water to produce steam, dispersing moistened air evenly throughout your home, through your HVAC system, to make the air more comfortable. The second is portable cool-mist humidifiers, which are not heated at all. A motor instead agitates the water to create a cool mist.
So, if you are looking for a humidifier, what do you need to look for? Here are some tips.
- First, determine if you want a warm mist or cool mist humidifier. With the steam humidifier, bacteria is killed off in the water thanks to the heat. If you use a cool mist humidifier, you need to make sure you use distilled water so bacteria does not grow in the humidifier.
- Steam humidifiers are cheaper because the cool mist humidifier uses ultrasonic frequencies to create the cool humidity in a room.
- Decide if you want a large or a small humidifier. A small and portable humidifier is good for a small room. The console model is much larger and is typically on wheels so that it can be transported around. These models typically have better efficiency and are meant to be whole-house units. With the console model, there is often a flow-through bypass that can be installed into the home’s existing duct system.
- Pay close attention to the capacity of the humidifier. A humidifier that creates a lot of humidity in a small room can cause moisture to appear on the windows and bacteria can grow quickly in such an environment.
- With smaller humidifiers, you can typically fill about two gallons of water in it, which will run on low for 12 hours. If you need the humidifier running longer without worry that it will run out, then purchase a larger capacity unit.
- If you purchase a unit that can handle more water, but which is going to be in a small room, then control the moisture output on the humidifier. Most humidifiers have at least three speeds that you can set. In addition, they typically have a hygrometer that determines the moisture level and can be shut off when the moisture level in a room reaches a certain level.
- Consider the noise of the humidifier since it will be running while you are sleeping. You will probably want to find a unit that runs low, or has a night setting, which is whisper quiet. That being said, you will adapt to a louder model quickly and suddenly find you can’t sleep without it.
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