Humidification can do many positive things for the air quality in your home. Adding moisture can help alleviate physical discomforts, such as dry skin and throat, as well as keep dry air from damaging furniture, wood floors and other household items.
But over-humidification can present its own set of challenges. Air that is too moist can foster mold and growth of other types of bacteria. You need to make sure the humidifier you’re using is not over saturating the air in your home.
The best way to ensure your house is being properly humidified is to schedule an appointment with an AirNow technician, who can provide you with expert analysis of your home’s current air quality.
Different Types of Humidifiers
There are two primary types of humidifiers – warm air and cold air. Below is a comparison chart:
|Warm Air||Cold Air|
|Produce warm, moist air||Produce cool, moist air|
|Extremely Quiet||Use less energy than warm air humidifiers|
|Steam/Vaporizer humidifiers boil water and distribute it as steam; boiling process kills bacteria||Evaporator wick humidifiers absorb water and use a fan to evaporate it.|
|Warm mist humidifiers make water evaporate but distribute it as mist; tend to be safer (less likely to cause burns) than steam/vaporizer humidifiers.||Impeller humidifiers use a spinning disc – not a fan – to generate mist; tend to be quieter than evaporator wick humidifiers.|
|Ultrasonic humidifiers use sound waves to vibrate water and generate mist; extremely quiet and efficient|