Disclosure: This is a guest post from Reliance Home Services, Inc.
Winter is way different from the usual environment. It brings along scratchy throat, static buildup of electricity and dry skin and the real cause for all this is low humidity. To keep away from the winter one usually closes the window and turns on the heating device with eventually results in reduction of humidity. Read on some ways to manage the exact humidity level and how to balance it.
Problems that low humidity can cause
Low humidity can lead to various health hazards where respiratory problem is the most common of all. You might suffer dry nose, symptoms of flu and susceptible colds. Winter weather is cursed for the same but the actual reason is the artificial heating that you create for keeping yourself warm. Choosing the right humidifier helps you maintain exact moisture level and helps you fight those symptoms.
The humidity level that is required is 35-40%, you can increase or decrease it depending upon your comfort level but it should be higher than 50% as recommended by Environmental protection agency. Other related problems:
- Static electricity will lead to dry air that can cause painful shocks resulting in damaged electronic equipments and computer devices.
- Damaged hardware flooring can lose moisture with the air inside the house gets extremely dry. The seam can even get separated.
- You might be killing your houseplants because of excess heat.
- You may feel the edges of the wallpaper peeling if the atmosphere is excessively dry.
Picking a humidifier
A humidifier maintains the humidity to the safest level and the water vapor formed makes your house comfortable and healthy.
Financial benefits– There comes along some financial benefits as well as you can keep your electricity bill low and save money on future damages, our body heat is a mix of humidity and temperature, more the humidity warmer you feel.
Capacity- Choose the capacity depending upon the requirement of the house and it is measured in gallons. The best way to get an estimate of the capacity is by determining the square footage and then comparing the capacity.
Types of available humidifiers
When choosing a humidifier, it is important that you take into consideration all the factors like operating cost, maintenance, purchase price etc. they consume electricity and budget is a major concern here. Some popular types available are:
Warm mist humidifiers: They make use of a heating system to keep the house warm and air moisture clean. They tend to balance the temperature and even add medication to the room. The steam is cooled down before it leaves the machine and the heating elements need to be regularly cleaned. It can get some mineral deposits but gardena plumber can help you clean that and the machine can be again brought into use.
Steam vaporizer– it has two electrodes that turn water in to steam. The vapor produces humidity and some models allow medication not all. You can get in touch with the local plumber to help you clean the electrodes and prevent mineral deposits.
Other options available are cool mist humidifier that works as impeller humidifier and evaporative humidifier. Console humidifier is another option available and you can get in touch with your nearest plumber to ask what is best for you and deal with all the damages that humidity has caused.