If your house is located in a cold area, especially during the winter season, it is very likely that you use a heater to increase the temperature in your house during these cold months. It is also likely that in addition to using the heater, you also use a humidifier to increase the humidity in the room.
During the cold season, the humidity or moisture in the air tends to lessen. This trend can cause several problems to the residents. First, decrease in humidity can cause your nasal passages to feel dry. Also, when you are experiencing clogged nose, recovery may seems slow when the air is low in humidity. Furniture, in order to last longer, also requires a certain amount of moisture in the air. Too little moisture will cause your furniture’s surface to be dry. This is also true regarding some of your home structures. With less moisture, the walls tend to crack making them prone to structural defects.
With the importance of humidity, most homes resort to the use of a humidifier. A problem could be raised regarding this, though. It can cause a large increase in electricity bills.
In order to address this issue, it would be best if you choose a warm air humidifier. If you will be using a warm air humidifier, increasing the temperature settings of your heater may no longer necessary.
If your heater doesn’t work at high temperature settings, this will save you money on your electricity bills. In some cases, you may even turn off your heating system and still feel comfortable due to the heat released by the warm air humidifier.
The warm air humidifier works similarly to other wick type humidifier. In the warm air humidifier, the wick also transports the water to be evaporated. However, before transporting the water, the water in the reservoir was boiled or heater first to produce a steam.
The wick of the warm air humidifier then transports the hot water so that it can be evaporated. While the warm air humidifier consumes more electricity that a simple humidifier, it could also make you save on electricity by adding comfort and warmth to your home even if the heater is not turned on.
For this reason, you will notice that many homes in the US now prefers the use of warm air humidifier in their homes. This device not just protects their health and homes but also helps them save money on electricity.
How to Choose a Room Humidifier
If you have decided to get a room humidifier to make your home more comfortable, especially in winter, there are several things that you need to consider before you purchase one.
Determine the size of the room. Room humidifiers, just like air conditioning units, cooling units and warmers, have different area capacity. Most room humidifiers specify their capacity in square feet, which is why you have to get your room’s floor area using this measurement system. Never take a room humidifier that will have a capacity much bigger than the room. If y0ou have this room humidifier, you might notice that moisture appears on the outer side of your windows and this also provides a good environment for bacterial growth.
What will be the size of the water reservoir? This is another thing that you have to decide on when choosing a room humidifier. Would you like a room humidifier with a large water capacity to minimize the frequency of refilling, or will it be fine to refill your room humidifier twice a day. Your choice depends on the time you are spending at home and how much time can you spend checking if the unit has to be refilled.
Also regarding refilling, some room humidifier have water tanks which are difficult to detach from the system. If you choose a room humidifier such as this, it would be better if the tank has a large capacity so you wouldn’t have to refill it often.
On the other hand, note that if your room humidifier has a large water tank capacity, it will be heavi8er and more difficult to transport, in case you have to move it to another room when refilling it.
When choosing room humidifiers, also ask about the maintenance. Ask particularly about the filter changes. How often should the filter be changed? Where can you buy the filter? As much as possible, choose a room humidifier whose components can easily be bought from popular appliance and home stores. It could also save you some time, if you purchase your room humidifier with several spare filters.
Filters are important to room humidifiers because if the mist is unfiltered, when the mist dries out, it could leave the minerals in the water in the form of dust. You could see this as white particles on your furniture.
Lastly, just like in buying any appliance, when getting a room humidifier, ask about the after sales support and the warranty. This will minimize your inconvenience in case problems occur.
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