The ABCs of Humidifiers
What is a moisturifier? A humidifier is a machine designed to add moisture to the air inside your home. The goal is to mitigate the negative effects of dry air on our health as well as on our home appliances.
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Can you have excess moisture in the house? Yes, so the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn ' t recommend that humidity levels not exceed 50%. Higher levels encourage the growth of organisms that exacerbate allergies and asthma.
What are the advantages of humidifiers? A humidity level of 30% to 50% improves your family's health, protects your furniture and floors, and can reduce your heating charges. Includes resource list and explains these benefits.
What types of humidifiers are available? Humidifiers include steam vaporizers, evaporators, ultrasonic humidifiers, impeller humidifiers and whole home moisturifiers. Only the whole house unit reads the whole house; the other four are portable models suitable for single rooms. Read our resource to learn more about the different types of humidifiers.
Choosing a Humidifier
How do you decide which humidifier is best for you? If you want to add moisture to a single room, then consider the following:
- Do you plan to put a moisturifier in a child's room? A cool mist unit is safer than a heating or boiling water.
- Some models have settings for humidity adjustment, while others do not. Decide if this is important to you.
- What size room do you plan to moisturize? Read the details to make sure you buy the right machine for your space.
To moisturize your entire home, please consult an air quality expert. Only a professional can help you choose the right whole house (central) humidifier for your needs and install it correctly.
Humidifier Tips and Tricks
Maintain proper humidity. Be sure to add the right amount of humidity to a room or your home. Buy a hygrometer to measure humidity – make sure to keep the humidity level between 30% and 50%.
Use distilled water. Tap water can release minerals and other particles into the air that cause bacterial growth. Always use distilled, demineralized or purified water in your portable humidifier.
Keep your portable machine clean. Empty the water tank and clean the moisturifier after each use. Standing water may contain mold or fungi. The scale, which can cause lung problems, should be removed by rinsing with water and vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or a cleaner recommended by the manufacturer.
Regularly maintain your entire house (central) humidifier. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for replacing filters. Call a professional for regular maintenance according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule.
Replace moisturifier if necessary. Hard-to-clean deposits can build up over time and encourage the growth of harmful bacteria. No machine forever!
Scott Swisher was Vice President of Government Risk and Safety at American Residential Services / Rescue Rooter. Swisher has more than 29 years of experience with home service companies, including emergency HVAC services; plumbing, sewerage and drainage services; electrical; and attic insulation.