If your gas furnace has a tendency to dry out your hardwood floor causing it to separate at the seams or if your skin gets dry during winter months, you may want to consider installing a humidification system for your home. As a result of closing windows and turning up the heat during winter, you can significantly reduce the humidity in your home, which often leads to respiratory problems and can cause you to be susceptible to colds or the flu. Humidity levels of around 30-50% are considered optimal, and can be reached by selecting one of the humidifier options available to you:
Warm mist humidifiers utilize an internal heating element to warm up water inside the humidifier, releasing a warm, clean mist into the air. Warm mist humidifiers also tend to slightly warm the room, allowing you to turn down your heat a little, which saves money over the course of an entire winter.
Steam Humidifiers can easily be regulated to ease the dryness of your room. Steam humidifiers are an excellent choice for controlling humidity in your home since they release sterile steam that kills off germs. They are ideal for people with respiratory illnesses.
Cool mist humidifiers can be broken down into two subcategories:
- Evaporative humidifiers utilize a fan to circulate air through a filter, or wick, which is saturated with water. As the water in the filter starts to evaporate, the air in your home will gain moisture manifested in the form of a cool, invisible mist.
- Ultrasonic humidifiers contain a small metal surface inside of them that vibrate at an ultrasonic frequency, and move water through a screen, which creates water vapor. Since ultrasonic humidifiers operate at an ultrasonic frequency, they’re inaudible to humans and the quietest humidifiers around.