Humidifiers Provide Benefits While Heating and Cooling
Heat and AC Technicians Install and Repair Humidifiers in Monroe, MI
If you’re suffering from household damages or health problems in Monroe, MI seemingly without reason, it may be because of over-dry air. Increasing and decreasing heat and air temperature levels does not increase household humidity. Low humidity levels are difficult to remedy, unless you install a humidifier to aid in healthy home heating.
Cool Mist Humidifier
The type of humidifier you choose for your home primarily depends on your preference for the kind of moisture you'd like to add to your space. Cool mist humidifiers distribute room-temperature moisture into your room. Consider that cool mist humidifiers are popular for year-round use when temperatures fluctuate. Although the moisture distributed is not exactly cold moisture, the cool mist can make your room's temperature fall a few degrees.Because the water is not heated before it is dispersed, these humidifiers typically use less electricity. Many parents also opt for cool mist humidifiers to avoid hot water accidents in children's nurseries, bedrooms, or other common areas where curious fingers may find them.
Warm Mist Humidifiers
Warm mist humidifiers, on the other hand, distribute heated moisture into your space, which can make your temperature rise a few degrees. Warm mist humidifiers are helpful when you want to maintain a warm indoor temperature in the wintertime. They heat the water to boiling until it vaporizes. Then, heat energy helps move moisturized air throughout your space. In-duct humidifiers work in a similar fashion, using your forced air furnace to humidify the air at the same time you heat your space. Warm mist humidifiers are not as well-suited for large areas as cool mist models. Instead, these humidifiers work best in smaller areas like bedrooms and offices.
Humidifiers have a surprisingly large number of advantages. When you have the right size and type of humidifier in your home, you will not only increase your indoor comfort but also improve your health. A humidifier has the following advantages:
- Moisturized skin during dry, cold weather.
- Decreased respiratory symptoms
- Reduced incidence of sinus symptoms
- Increases efficiency of your heating system
If you would like to experience these benefits and more, contact Iceberg's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. Call (734) 265-0922 to make your appointment with us today!
Humidifiers Help Heat be Healthy
The American Academy of Otolaryngology recommends preventing an overly dry environment, as it causes a greater susceptibility to infection. Iceberg’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning features the best in humidifier brands to remedy all issues associated with an over-dry environment.
Problems a humidifier installation may solve include:
- Static shocks
- Allergy and asthma systems
- Dry, cracked, and itchy skin
- Sore throats
- Dry or bloody nose
- Chipped paint
- Peeling wallpaper
- Cracked wood floors, drywall, furniture and molding
- Dry cough
- Flu and respiratory ailments
Quantifying the Benefits of Humidifiers and Home Heating
Adding a humidifier to your home may save you thousands on home repairs and medical bills, but an installation by your heating and cooling professional may also save on your heating bill. By delivering high levels of moisture to your home, you will feel more comfortable at lower thermostat settings. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates, for every degree, lowered, you can save up to 4% on your heating bill. That’s an average energy savings of $192-$384 in just one year!
Iceberg’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning supplies only the best humidifiers because you deserve the best when it comes to health and home heating.
Can I use hard water to fill my humidifier?
Yes, you can. However, if you plan to use hard water to fill your humidifier, be sure to choose a humidifier that includes a mineral cartridge. Hard water contains elevated mineral content that, when released into your air, may solidify as an unhealthy irritant known as white dust. Breathing in white dust over prolonged periods of time may aggravate existing respiratory issues or cause new issues to develop. Mineral cartridges absorb most of the mineral content from hard water, so there is less of a risk of it being released into your air. If your humidifier does not have a mineral cartridge, we recommend filling your humidifier with distilled water, which is free of minerals.
How often should the pads of the humidifier be replaced?
Most evaporative cool moisture humidifiers use replaceable wick filters, and these should be changed every two months on average. Most wick filters are coated with a special antimicrobial coating designed to slow the growth of mold on the filter. Warm moisture humidifiers do not use wick filters at all. Some models use an optional mineral absorption pad, which collects the mineral deposits left behind by the heated water. These typically last for 2-3 weeks and are very inexpensive to replace. Most ultrasonic humidifiers use demineralization cartridges, which help reduce mineral deposits found in tap water, which can exit the humidifier in the form of white dust.
How should I set my humidifier control?
Finding the right setting and control level for your humidifier can be challenging. Many newer humidifiers include advanced digital controls with programmable timers. Timers allow you to program operation to begin at a certain time and shut off at a certain time to save energy and ensure that the unit runs only when needed in your home. Some humidifiers may include a countdown timer instead of a fully programmable timer. Countdown timers allow you to program a shutoff time if the humidifier is already running. Either option gives you more control over when your humidifier is operating. If you have more questions, feel free to give us a call.