The winter season can be brutal, which means we need to be meticulous about finding the perfect temperature in our homes. The moisture in the air is measured by relative humidity, which relates to how much water vapor is present to how cool or hot it is. The advisable range of relative humidity for comfortable living is between 30-50%.
Usually, the climate is responsible for regulating the relative humidity levels, but at times, the humidity levels may go to the extremes of too high or too low. Too humid or too dry air can result in health implications such as shortness of breath and coughing. Problems with humidity may also worsen allergic and asthmatic conditions.
There are two solutions to control the level of humidity in your home: humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
A humidifier is used to increase the amount of moisture in the air and is used primarily during the winter season when the air is dry. Humidifiers help prevent the effects of respiratory complications and allergies. In addition, they help maintain a smooth and moisturized skin surface. Humidifiers come in several categories, namely:
- Warm mist humidifiers
- Cool mist humidifiers
The warm mist humidifiers, also known as steam vaporizers, operate by boiling water and later dispersing the resultant steam in the air. They are often augmented with special oils to add fresh scents to your home.
The cool mist humidifiers operate to increase the humidity level by dispensing cool water droplets. They are a safe option for households with children and pets since they don’t involve any heating. Cool mist humidifiers are classified into several categories, namely:
Dehumidifiers are devices used to remove excess moisture from the air and are used during the summer months. They operate by sucking air and directing it through metallic coils where it is cooled down, and the moisture in the air condenses. The resultant air is free of water and is released into the air. Dehumidifiers come in different models such as:
- Refrigerant dehumidifiers
- Desiccant dehumidifiers
To choose between humidifiers and dehumidifiers over the winter, you need to consider the humidity levels within your home. You can also contact Logan's Heating & Cooling; we’ll be happy to guide you. We specialize in heating and cooling services – including AC repair and maintenance in Clinton and the surrounding areas. Additionally, we provide drain installation and cleaning services.
Contact Logan's Heating & Cooling today to get a quote.