Humidifier Options

Low humidity is usually only a problem in the winter months when temperatures drop substantially and the air holds less moisture. Some of the most obvious symptoms of low humidity are dry nose, itchy throat, static electricity, dry skin and chapped lips. Humidifiers are designed to maintain a comfortable humidity level in your home and will reduce symptoms of low humidity and help control Household Allergens.

Your best defense against low humidity is a whole house humidifier and the best whole house humidifiers are forced air furnace humidifiers. By installing these units in the duct system of your forced air heating system, the humidity level in your house will be more evenly controlled because the air in your house is constantly in motion.

Room humidifiers are sometimes referred to as a portable whole house humidifier. This is somewhat misleading. For a room humidifier or portable humidifier to service your entire home it should be located near the return air vent of your forced air furnace. This will enable it to perform similar to whole house humidifiers that you would install in your forced air heating system.

Room humidifiers can service your entire home if it is one level and is fairly open. Rooms located away from the central location of the humidifier will probably not be controlled as well.

During winter months, humidity levels can drop to 15 percent. The best humidity range is between 30 and 50 percent. Maintaining humidity levels in this range not only helps relieve the obvious problems associated with lower humidity but may also save you money on your heating bill. This is because higher humidity levels change your comfort zone. Your body is comfortable at lower room temperatures.

There are two categories of humidifiers:

Non-Evaporative humidifiers include, Warm Mist humidifiers, Cool Mist, Ultrasonic and Steam Vaporizers. This type of humidifier creates a mist or steam using impellers or heat. This mist or steam becomes airborne and is absorbed into the air.

Evaporative humidifiers rely on natural evaporation to ad moisture to the air. A fan, some units don’t require a fan, forces air through a wick. This wick is similar to an air filter standing on edge. Water trickles down the wick and is absorbed by the air as it passes through.

An important thing to look for when shopping for a humidifier is a humidistat. If the humidifier does not have a humidistat it will not properly control humidity. Some cheaper models may not have these controls.

There are many manufacturers of humidifiers. Some of the more common brands are Carrier, Kenmore, Bionair, Holmes, Generalaire, Aprilaire, Armstrong, Nortec, Emerson and there are many others. You can shop for many of these brands at

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