Humidifiers are machines that add moisture to the air, usually in order to combat a dry, arid environment.
There are many different types of humidifiers, but they all have the same function; controlling humidity.
What is Humidity?
Humidity is used to describe the amount of moisture in the air.
We need humidity to feel comfortable. The ideal humidity range within a home should range between 30-50%.
When humidity is too low, it can cause a variety of symptoms including; itchy skin, dry eyes, and irritated respiratory tract. Having too low of humidity can also be damaging to a house and wooden furniture as well.
Humidity that is too high can also be troublesome, and have its own negative effects. We need the right amount of moisture in the air to feel comfortable.
Uses for Your Humidifier
Humidifiers can be used for a variety of reasons.
Not only do they make your home more comfortable, they also are good for your health.
Humidifiers can help relieve pesky allergies and reduce the occurrence of infections and illnesses in your home.
- No matter how clean your home is, you probably still have a few biological contaminants lurking around.
- These contaminants include bacteria, mold, mildew, animal dandruff, viruses and pollen.
- Any or all of these can cause allergies to flare up and make you and your family miserable.
- Humidifiers help reduce the growth of many of these biological contaminants.
- If the relative humidity in your home is set to 30 to 50 percent, then molds, mildew, bacteria and viruses will not be able to thrive. This will reduce their abundance and your home will become allergy-free.
Humidifiers also help reduce infections.
Bacteria and viruses need a certain environment to thrive, which is generally a moist, warm one.
Besides making your home safer, humidifiers also increase the comfort level of your home.
By moistening the air, they create the perfect environment to keep your family healthy and happy. Humidity will keep your respiratory tract working properly and will help alleviate dry skin and lips.
What Does a Humidifier Do?
A humidifier is a device used to control the amount of humidity in the air. Humidifiers are typically used in environments that need more humidity. Humidifiers come in four basic sizes that can humidify a single room, all the way up to a single home.
- Tabletop and tower humidifiers are great for single rooms.
- Console humidifiers can humidify several rooms of your home at one time.
- Whole house humidifiers can fill your entire house with humidified air.
Humidifiers are not recommended for environments where the humidity is already high. In environments with too high of humidity, a humidifier is not beneficial and a dehumidifier should be used instead.
How Does a Humidifier Control Humidity?
Humidifiers control humidity by regulating how much moisture is in the air. They are typically used in environments that require more humidity. There are many different types of humidifiers, but all of them work with the same principal, and that is to add moisture. There are four different types of humidifiers.
- Impeller or Cool Mist- these humidifiers are the most common humidifiers on the market today. They add moisture to the air by utilizing the natural evaporation of water. An impeller humidifier works by spraying water on a rotating disc, the water is then diffused and turns into tiny droplets. The air is moistened with these droplets in the form of a cool, fine mist.
- Steam Vaporizer– these humidifiers utilize heating elements that heat water before dispersing it into the air by way of steam.
- Ultrasonic– these are mist humidifiers and disperse micro-fine cool or warm mist into the air to keep the environment moist and at the perfect temperature.
- Evaporative– these humidifiers produce humidity by drawing air into the system from the environment and moistening it inside of the humidifier. The air is then expelled to increase the humidity of the room.
Generally, humidifiers have a large reservoir of water attached to their base.
Air then passes through a filter and expels some of the water by way of mist or steam, depending on the type of humidifier.
The evaporated water helps moisten the air. The amount of water evaporated depends on the relative humidity of the environment. Humidifiers on the market today are self-regulating. During times of high relative humidity, there is little water evaporated into the environment. During times of low relative humidity, humidifiers will release large amounts of moisture.
Humidifiers control humidity by adding the right amount of moisture to the air. Although, there are many different types of humidifiers and each one has its own pros and cons, choosing a humidifier can be an excellent way to combat dry air problems you may having in your home.