As fall approaches, the humidity levels in the air start to drop too. You may have noticed that your nose feels a bit more dry than usual. Or that you have become more susceptible to allergies or colds during the fall and winter months.
In most cases, whether in our offices or homes, the air we breathe inside is inferior to the air we breathe outside. It is important to treat the air that we breathe inside by using a furnace and air condition filters and humidifiers to add moisture to the air. If you live in a dry climate, having a humidifier is a must. The winter months can be brutal in the desert, and adding moisture to the air is a simple and cost-effective solution.
You can add a humidifier to each room in your home as needed, or you can add a whole-house humidifier to your heating and cooling system.
There are four types of humidifiers available: wick, steam, impeller, and the ultrasonic humidifier.
The wick absorbs water stored in the humidifier’s reservoir, and the water is then evaporated into the air—the dryer the air, the more evaporation that takes place. A fan is used to propel the evaporating air into the room.
This type of humidifier boils water to create steam, which is then released into the air. Think back to when you were a kid, and your mom made you breathe the hot air coming from a steam humidifier into your congested lungs. Breathing the steam can help reduce coughs but are also know to make a lot of noise.
Impeller humidifiers throw the water onto a diffuser using a rotating disc, which breaks down the water into fine droplets that float into the air. This is probably the most common type of humidifier used today. Second only in the lowest price to the steam humidifier.
Using a metal diaphragm that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency to produce water droplets, which creates a cool fog, this type of humidifier is very efficient and silent. It must be cleaned regularly to keep any bacteria from forming and being forced into the surrounding air.
Be sure to use only distilled water in the ultrasonic and impeller humidifiers as they can turn the minerals in the water into fine dust, which can cause health problems.