Have you noticed that you have dry skin or cracked lips inside your home, your air may be too dry. Thankfully, you can get a humidifier to help remedy this problem. Humidifiers emit steam to increase the moisture level in the air. While maintaining a good humidity level doesn’t just make you feel better and eliminate dry skin, it can reduce harmful bacteria and increase your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system’s efficiency.

There are various types of humidifiers out there. If you are unsure which may be best for your needs, give us a call, and we can help you decide.

  • Impeller Humidifiers: These types of humidifiers are producing a cool mist with the help of a rotating disk

  • Central Humidifiers: If you have a built-in home and air conditioning system, you may have this type of humidifier already! These types of humidifiers are meant to humidify the entire house.

  • Evaporators: These types of humidifiers blow air through a wet filter or belt with the use of a fan.

  • Ultrasonic Humidifiers: Ultrasonic vibrations help these types of humidifiers to create a cool mist.

  • Steam Vaporizers: These types of humidifiers utilize electricity to create steam which cools before being emitted into the air. additionally, this type of system uses hot water (which may cause burns if spilled), so it may not be the best choice if you have children or pets.

When measuring your humidity in your home it’s best to be between 30% to 50%. As mentioned above, humidity that is too low may cause dry skin, cracked lips, itchy eyes, or irritate your throat.

On the other hand, too much humidity in your home can create a “stuffy” feeling. It could even cause condensation on window sills, a breeding ground for various and potentially dangerous molds and other harmful bacteria.

In addition, having the correct humidity in your home also helps keep your wooden cabinets and furniture looking great, and makes it last longer.

To keep your humidifier functioning properly, efficiently and to avoid any mold or bacteria, it is essential to keep your system clean.

Here Are Some Tips to Ensure a Clean Humidifier (In most cases and depending on your system):

  • Always use distilled or demineralized water. Often, tap water contains minerals and other treatments, which can leave deposits inside of the humidifier and cause bacteria to grow.

  • Mmake sure you change your humidifier water daily. You will want to drain the water, clean the inside surfaces and refill with clean water. Always be sure to unplug your unit first!

  • Twice a week (every 3-4 days), clean your humidifier tanks thoroughly with 3% hydrogen peroxide – you should be able to purchase this at any pharmacy. Again, make sure to unplug your humidifier first! After cleaning, thoroughly rinse everything to avoid dangerous fumes.

  • Don’t forget about the filter! Change your humidifier filters regularly – the manufacturer will let you know their recommendation for how often to change them. If you are in an area with particularly bad air quality, check your filters often and change them if dirty or damaged.

  • Over time, your humidifier may build up deposits that can be hard or impossible to remove. Schedule an appointment with a technician to see whether your humidifier can be repaired or whether an upgrade is unavoidable.

Looking to find the perfect humidifier to create a cozy home?

Some Factors to Consider Cool or Warm Mist?

Cool Mist Humidifiers:

  • Cool mist for your humidifier is safer for homes with kids or pets that may knock over a machine.

  • Cost less to operate because they don’t have a heating element.

  • Work well in larger rooms or homes.

Warm Mist Humidifiers:

  • Warm mist humidifiers are silent because they use the power of steam to move moisture around your room.

  • Work well in small rooms

  • Kill bacteria in the water

  • Prefer to feel warm and cozy.

Call us for more recommendations and additional information about humidifiers: (503) 623 – 2341

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