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Humidifiers Help Breathing Issues

Many people have breathing issues during the winter months when the heat is running a lot. Humidifiers come in handy during this time. Dry air can cause breathing issues, chapped lips, dry skin and coughing in human inhabitants; as well as can crack your wooden furniture and musical instruments.

Ask us for the correct seasonal range in our area. A neat little tool that measures relative humidity is called a hygrometer; it’s inexpensive, portable, and will tell you if you need to invest in a humidifier. Depending on the size of your house you can either add a humidifier to your central heating system or you can put free-standing humidifiers in areas that are higher traffic or exceptionally dry.

Furnace Humidifiers

Whole house humidifiers are the simplest way to add humidity to your home during winter monthsThe simplest way to keep your house from becoming too dry is to have a humidifier attached to your home furnace. These humidifiers run automatically with your furnace when humidity levels fall below a certain point. It will also draw water directly from a water line in your home, a low maintenance way to have a humidifier on an ongoing basis. Furnace humidifiers are designed for specific moisture outputs, rated in gallons per day (GPD).

There are varying types of furnace humidifiers and if you are installing one after your home is built make sure to do your research on which type of model will work best for your home according to drainage needs, existing ductwork, and how your furnace is powered. Also keep in mind, no matter what type of furnace humidifier you choose, you’ll have to routinely replace the filter to keep the humidifier running optimally.

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Portable Humidifiers

portable humidifiers are movable from room to roomThis may be the way to go if you have a smaller living space, or if you spend most of your time in only a few rooms. For instance, many people enjoy having portable humidifiers running in their bedroom overnight to help them breathe better while sleeping. This can help prevent overnight bloody noses, cracked skin and chapped lips. Portable humidifiers can also be utilized in a living room where the family may spend most of their time relaxing. These portable humidifiers can even be moved room to room fairly easily.

Depending on the size and portability needed, the downfall of these humidifiers is that they only hold a gallon or two of water at a time and must be watched carefully so they don’t run out of water and burn up the motor. The filters on these portable humidifiers must also be watched and changed regularly because they can easily attract mold from the constant standing water they help filter.

Cool Mist Humidifiers vs. Warm Mist Humidifiers

Humidifiers operate by turning water into vapor, and they can be run on either hot water or cold water. To choose which is best for you, here are some facts. Warm mist humidifiers actually boil the water into a steam that is then released into the room. Warm mist is easier to breathe than cool, however the boiling water could be a safety hazard due to the hot water and heating element. They also require more frequent cleaning than cool mist humidifiers. Cool mist humidifiers are a little more noisy than warm mist, however some models have a “silent” feature which is great for usage overnight in bedrooms.

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Using humidifiers in your home during winter months is a great idea. Doing your research and checking your budget will help you find the humidifier that is right for you and your family.

If you still have questions about the right type of humidifier for use in your home, call us today. Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. 843-497-9867. Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and grab your 20% off coupon on our next service call.

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