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Understanding Home Humidifiers PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 June 2010 12:55
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If you're like many of us who live in climates where winter brings cold northerly winds and much snow, you probably seal your home if any of these currents of cold air can penetrate inside . Weather-strip your doors and caulk around windows and make sure all openings are closed to keep the cold and reduce your heating costs. Here is a real kicker - Did you know that if you do too good job of sealing your home, you may even end up increasing your heating bills?

True, the tests have shown that homes and new energy efficient homes that are tightly sealed against the elements can have higher heating bills than homes that are not as tight. You see, people feel more comfortable when the air humidity is between 30% and 50%, but during the winter of moisture in a tightly sealed house can drop as low as 10% . This low humidity is caused by central heating that circulates air that has not just been warmed, it also dried as it was heated. Thus, when the indoor air has very little moisture in it, our body moisture evaporates quickly, and we begin to feel the cold - we raise the temperature.

Problems of low humidity

In addition to making us feel cold, low humidity can cause other problems, things like


Static discharge especially after you walked on a carpet. The shocks are not only painful, they can actually cause problems with electronic equipment and even computers.

The dry air makes your nose and sore throat, painful, dry your skin and makes you vulnerable to colds and flu.

Wood floors and moldings can dry out and develop gaps or even cracks.

Indoor plants get diseased and you might even find some wallpapers from bark on the edges and seams.

Add the humidity in your house will get rid of these problems. You can do that in a number of ways, such as adding a humidifier central heating, boil a pot of water on the stove or drying clothes on a rack in the basement, but one of the cheapest and easiest is to get a portable humidifier.

Types of humidifiers

When it comes to humidors, you have many choices


Warm air humidifiers produce either a steam or a hot vapor. steamers are almost like a pot and they use very hot water and steam moisture ad for a room because the heat can be dangerous, especially when children are around.

warm mist humidifiers, on the other hand, are different from steamers in that the steam is cooled before being released into the room, so there is no danger of burns to moist air leaving the unit.

Cool mist humidifiers work in one of two ways to produce air moist


spray-type humidifiers use a device like a wheel house or small hard drive water through a fine sieve and convert it into water vapor.

More common evaporative humidifiers use a fan to blow air on a filter or wick that is saturated with water. The air passing through captures moisture and carries it into the room.

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