Usually, when people hear the word humidity, they cringe. The term “humidity” has unfortunately been associated with the feeling of being sticky with sweat, the air being unbearably heavy and warm, and the feeling of being sick from heat exhaustion. While this can be true of humidity during the summer when the humidity levels spike to insane heights, the reality is that humidity is actually a good thing. The humidity in your home is extremely important, too much humidity and you can feel like you are in Florida in the middle of the summer, but too low and your skin feel dry, the air feels uncomfortable, and everything just takes on an unnatural chill. Your home humidifier is designed to keep the levels of humidity in your home optimal, providing you with the perfect amount of comfort.
How Does A Home Humidifier Work?
Your home humidifier is installed directly into your heating system, or more accurately, in the ductwork of your unit. This allows the humidifier to turn the warm air coming from your heater into warm humidified air, allowing it to have a fresh feeling to it when you breathe. This is a lot better than breathing in dry heat, which just leaves you feeling like a fish out of water.
Your home’s main water supply is connected to the humidifier, allowing it to gain access to the water to moisten the humidifier pad, or the rotating drum, or the steaming system. (Different types of units have different humidifier parts.) Depending on your model, the water from the main water supply is directed over humidifier pad, around the rotating drum, or formed into a mist from the streaming system. This allows the air passing by to pick up some of the moisture, giving your air its freshness.
Does A House Technically Need A Humidifier?
Kind of. Just like everything in life, what works for one person might not necessarily work for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether to install a humidifier into your new home. (If you own an older home, odds are you already have one, so enjoy.)
There are not many people out there, if any, who enjoy having dry skin. The winter months bring out the worst of your skin as the cold temperature causes the moisture in the air to almost disappear. Having a humidifier in your home helps resolve this problem, as the air isn’t so dry. If you are not worried about dry skin or having to constantly use lip-balm, you will probably be okay living without a humidifier, but it can safely be said that the most of us, will prefer having the humidifier.
If you have ever owned a piano, you know that having the perfect amount of humidity in your home is essential to keeping it in tune. It’s not just a piano that suffers from not enough moisture in the air, any furniture that has a wood component to it will eventually crack from being too dry. You have to remember that wood used to be a living thing and it needs some moisture to keep the wood healthy.
Mold is attracted to water like bees are to honey. One of the biggest problems with humidifiers is the possible threat of creating mold. With homes with little ventilation, mold can creep out of nowhere and take over walls and ceilings. Ensuring that your home has proper ventilation is key to avoiding this problem.
Is There A Way To Get Moisture Into My Home Without A Humidifier?
There are a few tricks that you can perform to up the humidity in your house without the aid of a home humidifier. You can buy a personal humidifier, which will help bring moisture into one room at a time. The only downside to personal humidifiers is that they tend to be needy, or in other words, need a lot of upkeep. If you do not have time to constantly add water to it, clean the filter, and make sure that you turn it on and off as needed, then perhaps this would not be a great option for you.
Another simple option is to leave your door open when you take a shower and leave the fan off. This will allow the steam from your shower to escape into the other parts of your home raising the humidity slightly in your home. This isn’t always the most effective or convenient option, as the effects don’t last that long and not to mention, most of us like privacy when we shower.
Home Humidifier And An Air Purifier
If you are thinking that you are set because you have an air purifier in your home, and therefore don’t have a need for an air humidifier. The problem with this thinking is that an air purifier and a humidifier have different functions. While humidifier is adding moisture to the air, the air purifier is taking away contaminants. One adds, the other subtracts. Air purifiers are especially good for people who are suffering from allergies and asthma.
Need A Home Humidifier Repair Or Install?
If you are looking for a highly qualified team to help you install your new home humidifier in Pearland, TX then call Master Air Inc. at (281) 485-3231. We have specialized in humidifiers and we can help you make the best out of yours, and keep your home feeling extra cozy.
- Your home’s humidity should stay between 30 and 50% during the winter, which is why you usually only run your home humidifier when the furnace is running.