Alongside the many negative factors of winter comes low humidity. As humans, we require a certain level of humidity to be comfortable.
A lack of humidity can dry out our skin and mucous membranes, leading to a variety of different health effects. Low humidity can also have its toll on our homes by drying out the wood in the walls, floors, and furniture.
Thankfully, a humidifier can help to counteract all the concerns listed above (and more). In this article, we will cover three major benefits a humidifier brings to your home.
What Is a Humidifier?
A humidifier is a device that adds moisture to a single room, or your entire home depending on the unit. They work to counteract health effects caused by low humidity in artificially heated spaces or low humidity climates.
How it Works
Humidifiers force moisture into the air in the form of an invisible mist. Different types of humidifiers complete this basic function in different ways.
For example, steam vaporizers heat then cool water before releasing it into the air, while an evaporator blows air through a moistener filter, thus expelling humidity into the air.
Types of Humidifiers
Humidifiers come in various types and sizes that all depend on your personal preference, budget, and size of the area you want to add moisture to. Generally, there are five types of humidifiers:
- Central Humidifiers are the most expensive type of humidifiers, however, are the best choice for adding moisture throughout your home. They are built directly into the air conditioning or heating unit of your home. Learn more about central humidifiers.
- Evaporators are powered by fans and release humidity into the air from a single unit into one room at a time by blowing moisture through a moistened filter. Typically, evaporators are more affordable than central humidifiers.
- Impeller Humidifiers carry no risks of burns and are child-friendly devices. Impeller humidifiers are affordable units that work in single rooms, but carry the risk of causing breathing difficulties for people with allergies and asthma when overused.
- Steam Vaporizers heat water and then cool it off before releasing it into the air. They are extremely portable and budget friendly, available at most drugstores.
- Ultrasonic Humidifiers use ultrasonic vibration to produce mist. Ultrasonic humidifiers vary in price depending on the size required.
Three Benefits a Humidifier Brings Your Home
Humidifiers have numerous benefits that would be too extensive to include them all in this article. As such, we have called out three benefits from the list that we feel are commonly overlooked, yet still quite important.
Preventing the Spread of Airborne Viruses
Aside from their most well-known benefits of preventing dry skin and snoring, humidifiers help prevent the spread of airborne viruses.
A recent study found that having indoor humidity levels of at least 43% made 85% of airborne viruses virtually ineffective.
The moisture released from humidifiers has the ability to prevent the movement of germs that could cause illnesses such as the flu. If that’s not reason enough to get a humidifier, check out the ones below.
Utility Bill Reduction
Adding humidity to the air may make it feel warmer than dry air. This can be due to the fact that with more moisture, sweat evaporates slower, leaving us feeling warmer.
Therefore, by using a humidifier you may be able to save money on your heating bills due to the thermostat being turned down a notch.
Prevents Damage to Wood
Like we briefly mentioned, dry air can cause damage to your home by drying out the wood in your walls and floor. On top of this, your wooden furniture may be at risk too!
Wood requires a constant level of moisture to be at its best. With the use of a humidifier, you can ensure that the wood in your home does not dry out and looks its best.
Albertan Homes Need a Humidifier
While this is more true for Calgary than Edmonton, both regions are relatively dry (especially in the winter). A humidifier goes a long way in improving indoor comfort both you, your wooden furniture, and the home itself.
Just remember: too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Keep the ambient humidity in the 40-50% range, and drop it down in the winter.