Do you have asthma or dry itchy skin? Regulating your indoor humidity levels may be the solution! Humidity levels that are too low cause symptoms of dryness including chapped lips, eczema, and nosebleeds. On the other hand, too much humidity in the air can cause irritating allergies. Maintaining your indoor humidity level at a healthy range will provide you with much more comfort on a daily basis. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers are commonly used to help regulate humidity levels.

Do I need a humidifier or dehumidifier?

Like the names suggests, humidifiers add more moisture to the air, whereas dehumidifiers take the moisture out of the air. In order to know which is best for you, check to see what level your humidity is at currently. You can do this by purchasing a digital humidity reader (hygrometer).

Humidifier

Usually during cold months is when moisture is less prevalent in the air and is when you will start to notice the dryness affecting your health. The lack of moisture can also be harmful for your home as it has the potential to dry out wood and cause cracks. In this case, a humidifier would be the right fit.

There are two types of humidifiers: cool mist and warm mist. Cool mist humidifiers emit a cool vapor into the air and warm mist humidifiers boil water to release warm steam. The most important thing about humidifiers is to keep them clean as they are prone to mold and mildew.

Dehumidifier

Usually during the warm summer months is when it becomes hot and muggy and humidity levels are at an all-time high. This is also when you might start noticing problems with your allergies and asthma. This is when a dehumidifier comes in handy. Dehumidifiers also help with eliminating mold and mildew throughout a room.

There are four different types of dehumidifiers: refrigerative, dessicant, ionic membrane, and electronic. A refrigerative dehumidifier has a fan that draws moist air into the unit and over a refrigerated coil. The coil condenses, removes the water from the air (dehumidifying the air), and then releases the dry air back into the room. This is the most popular type of dehumidifier.

Regulating the humidity in your home or office could be the solution to some of your common health issues. For more advice, and information about maintaining the humidity in your home, call A/C Sales Lafayette at 337-234-2345. A/C Sales offers a variety of residential and commercial heating and cooling products and services.