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An example of a consumer ultrasonic humidifier is shown here.
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Static-electricity shocks as well as dry skin, itchy eyes and a scratchy throat are all signs that your home is in desperate need of moisture. A humidifier or combination humidifier and dehumidifier unit will resolve those issues, but how do you know which machine is right for your family? The following are questions you should ask when choosing a humidifier:

1. What kind of humidifier do I need?

There are two main types of humidifiers available–the portable humidifier and the whole-house humidifier. A portable humidifier will offer comfort in the area it serves, whereas a whole-house humidifier, which is attached to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, will service the entire home. Whichever humidifier you select, you want to make sure it is the right size for the area for which it is intended.

2. Where do I need a humidifier?

A portable humidifier’s effectiveness is limited to the room in which it it placed, so it offers the least amount of all-over comfort. To get the greatest relief from a portable humidifier, you will want to place it in the room in which you spend the most time, such as a family room or bedroom.

3. How much will it cost?

Portable humidifiers are going to be the less expensive of the two. However, if you choose to purchase several portable humidifiers to compensate for their inability to service the entire home, then you could be looking at a fairly even comparison.

4. How much effort will it take to maintain a humidifier?

If you wish to put forth a minimal amount of work to maintain the humidity level in your home, then by all means a whole-house humidifier is your ideal choice. Portable humidifiers require regular maintenance including cleaning and filling the reservoir. Most whole-house humidifiers only require annual maintenance.

Meanwhile, to contact AirNow Cooling & Heating for a service call, a free quote on a new HVAC system or for further information on any of its services, please call 334.285.7065 or email service@airnowhvac.com.

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