Not many really need a humidifier at some point of the year but if you think of buying a humidifier for your home then ensure if you truly needs it or not by getting yourself informed about humidifiers use.
Here are few things to know before shopping for one
Do you need a humidifier?
During the winter, most homes have excess humidity. Too much humidity in the home can results to dust mites, mold growths, wood root and condensation on windows. Your window side is usually the coldest area of the room since is close to the outside; you start noticing the formulation of water accumulation there first before extending to other areas and such development don’t require running a humidifier instead a dehumidifier is required.
What’s the right humidity level?
Also, during the winter months, expert recommend that relative humidity should be from 30 to 45%. This is because in the colder seasons, lower humidity is better to reducing condensation rate and molds formation. However, colder outdoor temperatures require lesser indoor humidity below 40 percent to prevent condensation forming on your window. At this period you can the use of a digital humidity gauges is better to check humidity level than the manual ones as recommended by MGE.
If your throat and nose feels dry consider running a portable humidifier in your bedroom as you sleep so as to add humidity to the air.
Other considerations include:
- Do not over humidify your home. Excessive humidity from the use of a humidifier can cause mold growth, wood rot or peeling of wall paint. It can also interfere with insulation integrity causing them to be ineffective.
- If you also plan of replacing an old version of a furnace humidifier that is not equipped with Power-vent, do not be in haste to buying a humidifier. Furnace designed with powered vented do not always release air to the outdoor environment just like the older models. However, after purchasing your new powered vented furnace system, your humidity may increase. But you can decide to purchase a humidifier later on if you still not satisfied with the humidity level.
Types of humidifiers
- Furnace central humidifiers: these models are mounted on the duct of a forced air furnace system. So this means your humidifier only works when the furnace system is turned “On”
- Console humidifiers: They come in standalone designed and can be use for multiple rooms as they can be move from one location to another. They are equipped with fan that extract dry air from your home into the unit and later blows it out as a moistened air.
- Portable humidifiers: These types are further classified into various classes such as:
- Ultrasonic humidifiers: This uses high frequency force to humidify the air.
- Steam humidifiers: They are known to consume bit of electricity which may double up your monthly electricity bill.
- Impellers humidifiers: They are seen to be least effective and inexpensive to other types.
- Warm mist humidifiers: These runs by mixing cool air with steam to reduce hotter mist from emitting this model use the highest electricity.
Features to look for before purchasing one
- Adjustable humidistat to regulate desired humidity
- Automatic shut-off function that helps put off the humidifier when water is empty.
- Adjustable fan speed that lest you choose a range of speed as lower speed offers quietness and vice versa. This feature is necessary for your night sleep especially for parents with kids.
- Humidifiers does harbor lots of mold and germs and require constant cleaning and so you should look for a model that will be easy to clean and maintain.
- Anti-bacteria features.
- Look for anti- white dust filters for the impellers and the ultrasonic humidifiers if you are purchase any of these.
Guidelines to using a humidifier
- Be sure to follow the manufacturer guidelines to keeping the humidifier clean. This is essential because humidifiers are dwelling place for microorganisms that causes many health problems such as hay fever. And also, deposit of minerals may clog the nozzles of the humidifier thereby impeding humidification efficiency.
- Reduce the humidistat level or switch off your humidifier if you notice excessive condensation appearing on your windows.
- Do not mount the humidifier close to the wall to prevent condensation.
- Place or installed your humidifier in areas where it will receive inflow of air.
To reduce electricity tariff bills, look for ENERGY STAR RATED humidifiers. These ones consume less amount of current.