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6 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Humidifier

Humidifiers are the best appliance to improve the circulation of air in your home. Better quality of air improves overall health and prevents some respiratory diseases. When you install a humidifier, you also prevent dryness of the lips, throat, and nose. 

This blog post explores the factors to consider when choosing a humidifier.

1. Cool vs. Warm Mist

You can choose a humidifier that generates a warm mist or one that produces a cool mist. Go for a warm mist humidifier if you want to kill bacteria and mold spores in your home. On the other hand, a cool mist humidifier purifies and cools moisturized air in your home. Also, cool mist humidifiers are a bit more costly than warm mist humidifiers.

2. Noise Levels 

A humidifier with low noise levels is perfect for use at night. Ideally, you should select a humidifier with noise levels of about 30 decibels. 30 decibels is the same noise level as the sound of a whisper and won't disturb you at night. The humidifier may also allow you to make changes to the fan speed to reduce noise levels. 

You can select an ultrasonic humidifier that generates high-frequency waves. The waves generate a fine, soothing mist. At the same time, the waves have a higher frequency than your ears can detect. Hence, the ultrasonic humidifier is far quieter than most other humidifiers. 

3. Smart Features

Advances in technology have led to the manufacture of humidifiers with smart features. Today, you can get a humidifier that has mobile app support and remote control. More importantly, the humidifier may also have a smart thermostat that allows you to set the temperatures automatically. You can even set a timer to dictate when the humidifier will be active to save energy. 

4. Maintenance Cost

The costs and time taken to maintain a humidifier are generally low. In most cases, all you have to do is clean the water tank to prevent the growth of mildew and mold. You may also have to regularly check the mist outlet to confirm a smooth flow of moisture. However, some humidifiers may require additional maintenance activities that may cost more. 

5. Space

Another key factor is the amount of space that you want to humidify. Some humidifiers can only purify the air in a single room, while others can provide humidification services for the entire house. If you want to humidify a single room — such as a bedroom or home office — get a tabletop humidifier. This humidifier is compact and easy to move.

On the other hand, a whole-house or console humidifier will be ideal for multiple rooms or the entire home. The humidifiers are large and can provide moisture to homes that are as large as 3,000 square feet. You will install the humidifiers in a central area for maximum humidification impact. 

6. Type of Humidifier

Multiple types of humidifiers exist, with each model using a different mechanism to release moist air into the house. Here are some of the major humidifier models to consider.

  • Impeller humidifiers. This humidifier utilizes constantly revolving discs that convert water into tiny droplets. The impeller humidifier can provide cool, moist air for your home.
  • Evaporative humidifier. The humidifier uses a wet week to create moisture. The humidifier is highly energy-efficient but is unable to warm water.
  • Ultrasonic humidifier. This humidifier has the highest moisture generation and can conserve energy. It works by generating high-frequency vibrations that can convert water into moisture.

Work With the Best

A humidifier is a wonderful addition to your home, especially now that the temperatures keep falling. For the best results, work with Service 1 Plumbing, Heating & A/C Inc. to install and maintain your humidifier. Contact us for more information.