Living in Utah’s climate can be challenging, especially during the harsh winter months. The air becomes extremely dry, causing irritated skin, dry nasal passages, chapped lips, itchy eyes, and even damage to your home or business. Increasing and maintaining the humidity in your home or business is simple and necessary for your health.
Humidifiers are an effective way to add moisture naturally in the air while relieving dryness. There are five different types of humidifiers. The amount of area you want to add moisture to, budget, and your personal preference are all factors in choosing which type of humidifier.
Central humidifiers are installed into your home’s air conditioning or heating unit. They add humidity to your entire home or business. The air heated by your furnace passes through an evaporator pad saturated with water. The air then absorbs the water and circulates the moisture through the entire building.
Impeller humidifiers are also called cool mist Humidifiers. This type of humidifier is best used for children to prevent any risk of a burn. They work by flinging water at the diffuser with a rotating disk which releases small water droplets into the air, thereby increasing humidity levels.
Ultrasonic humidifiers provide a soothing cool mist. They produce little sound and are known to be hygienic and highly effective. Ultrasonic humidifiers are also safe for children, as they will not cause burns. They are built with a small diaphragm that creates ultrasonic vibrations to breakdown liquid water molecules and turn it into a cool, comforting mist that is spread throughout the room.
Evaporators are the most common and basic portable humidifier. A wick filter draws the water up to a fan which then expels it from the unit as a mist or spray. Although evaporative humidifiers can be noisier than ultrasonic, they are very effective in increasing humidity in a room.
Steam vaporizers are convenient and budget-friendly. These electrically powered humidifiers heat up water before it is released into the air. It is best to keep steam vaporizers away from children to prevent burns. Although Vaporizers require more energy to boil water, they can release cleaner air without the risk of producing impurities.
It’s important to regularly clean your humidifier to prevent bacterial growth which can cause illnesses. Make sure to rinse out the used water in between uses. We recommend using distilled water to avoid harmful build up of minerals and microorganisms. If your central humidifier is leaking, making a lot of noise, or not producing enough humidity, you may require a visit from one of our professionals.
If you live in Bountiful, Salt Lake City, Layton, Centerville, or Kaysville and need help choosing a humidifier, or if your humidifier is not working properly, feel free to contact our staff at 801-296-6059.