Winter months in Edmonton bring on the cold, but it isn’t just cold air that you have to combat. It’s also dry air. In winter, humidity levels in the air plummet, leaving us susceptible to a number of issues. Winter dryness is the culprit of a number of ailments including:
- Dry eyes, nose and throat
- Dry skin
- Allergy symptoms
And just as excessive moisture in the air can be harmful, so can excessive dryness. You want to protect the health of the people in your home, and the best way to do this is to maintaining a healthy indoor humidity level. Luckily, you can measure humidity levels using a hygrometer.
What Does a Humidifier Do?
While there are different kinds of humidifiers, they all serve one basic purpose: they increase moisture in the air. They do this by releasing either warm or cool water vapour. You know when you have a hot shower and you can see the steam in the air? Humidifiers are similar except you can’t usually see the moisture the humidifier puts in the air. You can certainly feel the effects, though.
Types of Humidifiers
There are 5 mains kinds of humidifiers to look into depending on your home’s needs:
- Evaporators – these are an affordable option for you and your family. They blow air through a moist filter, which is an effective solution, but these humidifiers have been known to put too much moisture into the air, so make sure humidity levels don’t climb too high.
- Central Humidifier – this is a pricier option as it’s built right into your home’s central heater and air conditioner system. While it’s more expensive, it’s also more efficient; it works in every room, making it a full-house humidifier.
- Impeller Humidifier – often considered a more child-friendly option. Instead of using hot water, impellers use rotating disks to expel a cool water vapour.
- Ultrasonic Humidifier – ultrasonic humidifiers use ultrasonic vibrations to put moisture into the air. They have both warm and cool mist options, making them the most versatile option.
- Steam Vapourizer – if you’re looking for a humidifier on the go, this is the one for you. Steam vapourizers first heat water before cooling it and pushing it into the air.
Is a Cool or Warm Mist Humidifier Best?
According to Molekule, humidifiers will either release either cool or warm air to add humidity to the room. There’s a full list of the pros and cons of each on their website.
Fortunately, humidifiers are pretty low-maintenance. The most important thing to remember is to check and clean the water tank regularly. This will help prevent a build-up of bacteria and mould that could then be circulated in your home’s air. You’ll also want to check the misting outlet to be sure there are no blockages.
It’s also important to make sure your home doesn’t get too humid. Pull out your hygrometer to make sure.
Combat dry, winter skin. Investing in a home humidifier helps improve your indoor air quality and the health of the people in your home. Humidifier installation is always better when it’s done by a pro. We can help you choose the right humidifier for your home and conditions, install it, and set it properly so you get the right level of humidity.