How Does a Humidifier Work?

Posted by admin on March 23, 2015

You may not be aware of how dry the air is in your home until you spend a winter dealing with dry air related illnesses. From endless flu viruses to cracking skin, the health effects of dry air can be harmful. A home humidifier will improve the overall quality of the air, and in turn improve the health of all those living in the home. But you may be asking yourself, how does a humidifier work?

How Does a Humidifier Work?

A humidifier is an air treatment system that takes in dry air and releases the air back out with additional moisture. Rather than directly adding steam into the air, it emits a cool to lukewarm invisible mist of moisture. Different types of humidifiers use different technology to accomplish this, but they all have the same general process. These machines are also very easy to maintain, and can withstand years of hard work.

In contrast, steam humidifiers work by internally heating water and producing steam, which is then forced throughout your home. These humidifiers will reuse the moisture in the air before adding its own. Given that steam is inherently hot, these machines will warm the air in your home, making it more comfortable during the colder seasons.

By moisturizing the air, warm mist and steam humidifiers can actually keep you from raising the internal heat level in your house. Dry air can make a room feel colder, but this warm and moist air produced by the humidifiers will raise the temperature of the room, keeping everyone more comfortable.

What are signs of low humidity?

Now that you know how humidifiers work, it is pivotal to know the signs of low humidity.

  • Dry skin, colds, etc. Low humidity dries out your skin and mucous membranes. This can lead to; chapped lips, itchy skin, a sore throat, flu viruses, nose bleeds, sinus problems and pressure. 
  • Chills. With low humidity in the winter, your home will feel colder. People can mistake this cold temperature with a faulty thermostat, and increase the heat to fix the problem. If you notice the air
  • Static electricity. Combined with the dry air, you may notice an increased level of static electricity throughout the home. Static appears when two surfaces touch, and one of them as a high resistance to electrical currents. Simply, if you see a spark from touching a metallic surface, this is static.

There are various other signs of low humidity that you may notice around the house, such as electrical problems or cracks in wooden furniture. It can even go as far as drying out and killing house plants, as a means to find any moisture possible.

What is the ideal humidity level?

The ideal humidity level should is between 30% and 50%. Humidity conditions above 50% can be dangerous, and you could create conditions that produce mold, bacteria, pests and dust mites. If the air is below 30% then you can expect to start seeing some of the aforementioned negative health effects of low humidity. You can easily measure the humidity level in your home with an inexpensive hygrometer, but it may be so apparent the test is avoidable.

Your home will feel more comfortable, your loved ones and you will experience fewer health problems, and you can all breathe easier with a humidifier. For a free estimate, please contact the Climate Experts

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