Choosing the Right Humidifier for Your Home

April 21, 2016
Ross and Witmer

You may not realize it, but humidity plays a vast role in how comfortable your home feels during any season. In addition, it’s also a factor in your family’s health. Rather than constantly toying with the thermostat to find that perfect temperature, try using a humidifier. There are tons of exceptional units out there to fit your budget and needs. If you’re looking for a humidifier to improve the quality of life in your Huntersville, North Carolina, home, follow these tips to find the perfect one.

Choosing the Size

Similar to air conditioners, humidifiers come in a range of sizes. Based on the size, these units then cover a specific square footage of the home. If you need to cover your entire home, it’s probably in your best interest to get a central humidifier that blows water vapor directly into your ducts. If it’s just for a bedroom or living room, opt for a portable unit – but be sure to choose one that can handle a space slightly larger than the room you have in mind.

What Type Do I Need?

Typically, you’ll find four types of humidifiers no matter where you go. These are ultrasonic, evaporative, air washing, and steam. As a general rule, steam humidifiers and air washers are better at cleaning the air, while ultrasonic and evaporative units provide the best comfort. Ultrasonic and evaporative also come with an optional cold or dry mist, allowing you to switch based on outside temperatures.

Price and Cost

Many new buyers of humidifiers often take into account only the initial price and base their budget entirely on that. However, you need to estimate how much maintenance and operating costs are before making your decision. Humidifiers are fairly energy-efficient, but they also need a biannual cleaning and a monthly filter change. Plan accordingly.

Putting a humidifier in your home is the most efficient way to keep superior comfort and air quality in your home. Once you’ve decided to buy a unit, call the experts at Ross & Witmer. Our technicians will provide professional installation and advice on how to keep your humidifier running smoothly. Give us a ring at 704-392-6188.

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