The Benefits of Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers in Your Home

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The comfort of your home is more than just its temperature. We’ve all experienced the effects of humidity (or the lack thereof) in our homes. Whether you’re feeling hot and sticky in the summertime, or you’ve developed a dry cough in the winter time, these are extreme cases of humidity imbalance in your home. Don’t discount the importance of a humidifier and dehumidifier in your home.

How Humidity Impacts Your Health
Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air — and in-home levels should be around 45 percent. Under 30 is too dry and over 60 is too high. Keeping the right humidity levels can keep your hair and skin from being too dry or too sticky and unruly. You can also reduce infections and manage allergies better in a home that’s humidity is regulated.

What Are the Different Types of Humidifiers?
Humidifiers dispense an invisible, delicate mist to protect your home from the effects of dry air. In general, there are two types of room humidifiers:

1. A cold mist humidifier just vaporizes water but doesn’t bring it up to a certain temperature before dispensing. These are more energy-efficient, eliminating the risk of burning someone that’s gotten too close.
2. A warm mist humidifier is a type of steam vaporizer that creates steam using electricity that cools slightly before leaving the machine. Because the water is boiled before it enters the air, the mist is less likely to contain any bacteria.

Depending on your geography, the size of your home and your family’s personal health, a whole-home humidifier may be the best option. An HVAC professional at John C. Flood can add a whole-home humidifier to your furnace. Vapor is directly distributed into the heated air and circulates through your duct system. As a homeowner, you can control the humidity level using a humidistat.

What Are the Different Types of Dehumidifiers?
If your home is producing too much condensation and the air is sticky, you need a dehumidifier. This is not just a summertime piece of equipment. New homes that are tightly constructed retain more heat and moisture during the winter months too, leaving you with hot, stickier air.

There are two types of dehumidifiers, a portable room dehumidifier and a whole-home unit:

1. A portable room dehumidifier works like an individual air conditioner. It takes in warm, moist air which then crosses refrigerant-cooled coils. The moisture then condenses and collects as water in a container within the unit. The tank needs to be routinely emptied as it fills with water.
2. A whole-home dehumidifier is a better option if moisture in the air is a recurring problem for your home. It works similarly to a whole-home humidifier and is connected through your HVAC unit by a professional.

What Are the Benefits of a Whole-Home Humidifier or Dehumidifier?
It’s best to work with your HVAC professional when determining if a whole-home unit is best for your family. There are a few inherent benefits to keep in mind:

Reduce Infection & Relieve Allergies
The humidifier keeps the mucus membranes of your throat and nasal passages moist. This reduces susceptibility to infections and relieves congestion from the common cold, flu and sinus infections. On the other hand, dehumidifiers work to decrease your home’s susceptibility to dust mites, mold, and mildew, which is great for allergy sufferers.

Combat Dry Skin With a Humidifier
During the winter, humidity levels drop. Using humidifiers can help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes, eczema, itchy skin, dry nasal passages, cracked lips, and nose bleeds due to dry air, allergies, or asthma.

Protect Wood
Using a humidifier will keep valuable wood furniture from drying and cracking. It can stop wooden picture frames from drying and warping. The added moisture prevents wood floors from buckling and separating.

Save Money With Lower Energy Costs
Installing a whole-home powered humidifier and dehumidifier can help save you money by reducing your energy consumption. Since the humidifier works to automatically maintain a proper humidity level throughout your home, you can turn down your thermostat. The same goes for your dehumidifier as it puts less strain on your air conditioner during the summer months.

Make sure your home is as comfortable as it can be! A whole-home humidifier and dehumidifier can protect your health, your home, and your valuables. Learn more about the value of Virginia HVAC installation of whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers when you contact John C. Flood at (202) 794-6179 or schedule service online.

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