When the weather turns colder the amount of moisture present in the air drops significantly. To improve the quality of air in their homes, many people purchase a humidifier to control the humidity. Choosing the right humidifier is vital, and there are a number of things to consider before making a final choice. Let’s take a closer look at how to choose a humidifier that will be effect and improve your indoor air quality.
The Different Types of Humidifier:
There is a myriad of different types of humidifiers available for the domestic market. Some humidifiers are designed to be used in a single room in your house, and others need to be connected to an existing HVAC system. A larger humidifier can be used for the entire home. These units are known as forced air humidifiers, and they require professional installation. Regardless of which type of humidifier you choose, it will be necessary to ensure that the unit is sized correctly for your home.
Choosing the Right Humidifier:
There are three major considerations that you need to think about before purchasing your new humidifier.
1. What Size Do You Need?
A humidifier must be sized correctly to match the needs of the specific room or home where it will be used. A system that is underpowered will be ineffective, use more energy and cost a lot to run. A system that is too powerful will use more energy than necessary and cause respiratory problems in sensitive people.
2. What Type of Humidifier Do You Need?
We’ve already touched on this point, but it deserves to be expanded upon. There are a number of different types of humidifiers, including spray mist, vaporizers, disc wheels, drum models, portable units and whole house humidifiers. There are many pros and cons related to using these systems and not every system will suit your particular needs. If you have any doubts about the type of humidifier that you need consult a humidifier professional for advice.
3. What is Your Budget?
A basic portable humidifier to control humidity levels in a specific room can be an inexpensive choice. If you need added features, such as timers, humidity displays, laundry drying and air purification, the price will increase. Quality is also a consideration, some bargain models will fail earlier and have no support for spare parts and repairs. The best option for those with a larger budget is a whole house humidifier linked to the HVAC system and controlled with integrated humidistat/thermostat controls. This will help you to program the humidifier, adjust timings and monitor how the system is working.
Installing a humidifier represents an investment in your home comfort that needs to be protected. Get expert advice on choosing, sizing and installing your new humidifier to ensure that it will meet all of your needs. Then consider enrolling in an annual service program to ensure that your system is working as intended by the manufacturer throughout the year. This will improve your air quality, banish mold growth and remove unwanted moisture from your home.