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Stay Comfortable and Healthy with a Home Humidifier or Dehumidifier PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 June 2010 12:57
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Your dry skin in winter? Do you find yourself down with a lot of colds? Does your house have a feeling of moisture?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you can be in no need of a dehumidifier or a humidifier in your home. Let's take a look at how each works and see if you might qualify for.

A dehumidifier is a central component of your HVAC system that removes moisture from the air. It was long thought that simply running the air conditioner in summer was enough to remove moisture from the house. This is false. Although your A / C does not lower the temperature in your house, most of the moisture is still there - it is not as sensitive.

Too much moisture in your home can cause a number of negative reactions, such as:

* Development of molds and bacteria
* Insects love to gather in a cool, moist areas
* People with allergies will be affected
* Moisture can cause the walls of your house to rot and skin
* Surfaces in your home will be sticky or wet
* A general feeling of malaise

Sleep may be affected, and daily activities. Excessive moisture can cause the accumulation of odors in your home.

A dehumidifier controls moisture level of your home and tells the fan when to turn. Some systems have vents that bring outside air into your home to cap the rate of moisture. As air is circulated, a dehumidifier takes moisture from the air and sends it in a sewer through a pump.

A humidifier central works the opposite. In winter, your house may become too dry hot air circulating in your home. If the air is too dry, some things you may notice could be:

* More colds and flus than normal
* Dry skin and cracked lips or
* Static electricity
* A general feeling of discomfort and dryness

A humidifier is connected to your HVAC system and thus also on tap the cold side of your plumbing system. A valve controls the humidifier when the water enters the unit.

When the humidifier senses the air is too dry, it opens the solenoid to bring the water in the humidifier and it turns the fan on. Forced air is directed through a wet filter, collecting moisture as it does, and dispersed into the house. The filter inside a humidifier is usually treated with a special chemical that kills bacteria build-up. There is also a vent that allows it to dry when not in use, so that water does not sit.

Central humidifiers have a damper on them that should be left open during winter and closed during the summer months. It is important to clean your humidifier at the end of each season and the filter pad should be replaced at the beginning of each season. Using the same filter pad season after season may become too soft and worn to be effective.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that the humidity in your home should be between 30 and 50 per cent. You can check the relative humidity in your home with an inexpensive meter that can be found at most hardware stores. For more information on how to keep your home free of mold and bacterial growth, see our section on mold remediation here.

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