While it may seem evident that humidifiers and dehumidifiers are different in their function, it is important to understand the effect that each has on your home and your health.
Let's start with the basics. A humidifier introduces water vapor into the air in your home, either through heating it until it boils or by cooling it and creating water vapor. This water vapor is beneficial in your home and keeps your wood floors from warping, doors and windows from gapping and your wood furniture from cracking or becoming brittle.
Humidifiers also have benefits for your health. If you live in a dry climate, the dry air can make your skin crack and chap. Eye and respiratory irritations as well as cold and flu viruses can linger in a home where the humidity is too low.
A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air in your home. Excess humidity in your home can make it smell musty and damp. Too much humidity in the air makes the soft surfaces in your home a breeding ground for dust mites, mold and mildew. This excess moisture can also ruin valuable antiques by causing fine wood inlays to warp and paintings and prints to water spot or mildew.
Dehumidifiers remove the moisture in the air that helps mold, mildew, and dust settle into your home. Studies have linked the presence of dust mites and mold to childhood asthma. Additional benefits to having a dehumidifier include lower energy costs during the summer and less wear and tear on your central air conditioning unit. Most air conditioners are not designed to remove all the humidity from the air, but they will remove some. Having a dehumidifier helps your air conditioner run more efficiently and effectively.
Did you know that many homeowners are unsure if they need a humidifier or a dehumidifier? The home comfort experts at Choice Heating and Air Conditioning and HVAC industry experts agree that utilizing a humidifier in your home when there is less than 35 percent humidity is recommended; while a dehumidifier is recommended when the humidity in your home is greater than 50 percent. If you need extra air conditioning in Wake Forest NC, we can help with that too.
While the two systems provide vastly different benefits to your indoor air comfort, they do share a few similar qualities. The most important of which is that both humidifier and dehumidifier systems are available for individual rooms or for your whole home. Ensure that you are selecting the appropriately sized unit based on the square footage you wish to pull or introduce moisture too. Experts recommend choosing the next size up if your space falls between sizes to improve energy efficiency.
Want to know more about adding a humidifier or dehumidifier to your home? Give Choice Heating and Air Conditioning a call today! Let our HVAC technicians assess your current home comfort system and see if adding one of these devices would improve your home's air quality.
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