Humidity by definition is the amount of water vapor in the air. Humidity can vary depending on climate, location, and season with an ideal humidity between 30-50%. Too much or too little humidity can cause issues not only to your home but to your health. At low humidity, your skin can become dry and your nasal cavities and eyes can become irritated and itchy. A high humidity can cause your home to become stuffy with condensation building on the walls. This is the perfect environment to invite thriving bacteria, dust mites and molds which can cause flare ups in allergies and asthma.
In this blog we’re going to discuss adding a humidifier to moisten the air when your home has low humidity. A central humidifier is located with the home’s central heating and air conditioning system that helps to regulate the entire home. An ultrasonic humidifier produces a mist with ultrasonic vibrations. Impeller humidifiers are similar to ultrasonic except that they use a rotating disk instead of ultrasonic vibrations. Evaporators incorporate a fan that pushes air through a filter, belt or wet wick. Steam vaporizers use electricity to generate steam which cools before it is released into the air.
It is extremely important to regularly clean your humidifier to prevent the build up of bacteria and mold. Using distilled or demineralized water, which contain fewer minerals than tap water, can help to decrease the chance of buildup. Empty the water tanks daily if possible to help eliminate film and deposits. Clean the humidifier every three days using a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution then rinse the tank after cleaning. Filters should be replaced regularly per the manufacturer’s recommendation.
If you need more information on choosing the right humidifier for your home or business, contact J.M. Mullen Electric at 410-266-6316. We offer a superior quality service carried out by top professionals. We are available to you 24 hours a day!