As most Albertans know, our province is a fairly dry climate, and when we say fairly we mean in the winter it sometimes feels like we're living in a frozen desert! Since you can’t change the weather or the environment outside of your walls, we're here to inform you that you can change the environment inside of your home with the use of a humidifier.
Humidity in your home can act as a natural moisturizer for your skin, sinuses, lips, and throat. It can also help ward off some common cold and flu symptoms, like a dry cough or a sore throat.
There are several different types of humidifiers you can install in your home depending on your preference and budget.
Central humidifiers, also referred to as whole home humidifiers, are built directly into your home’s air conditioning or heating system. In the winter the people and wood components in your home need moisture. Another important thing to note is that dry air doesn’t hold heat, but moist air does! No one wants an expensive heating bill throughout the cold Alberta months, and one way to combat that is with a whole home humidifier.
These units are more expensive than the other options, but its for a good reason. The installation of a Central Humidifier will evenly distribute humidity throughout your whole home and allow you to lower your thermostat without feeling the reduction in temperature, which in turn saves you money! An option that cannot be achieved with any of the other humidifier models.
Steam vaporizers are at the other end of the spectrum when it comes to cost. As the least expensive humidifier option, these are the most common humidifiers found in homes. They are easily accessible to everyone and can be purchased at any local grocery or drugstore. The units are simply plugged into the wall and heat water up and then cool it down before pushing the vapour out into the air. They are easily portable from room to room so you can treat one specific space at a time. The need to heat the water unfortunately makes Steam Vaporizers not the best choice for use in a child’s room due to the risk of injury from the hot water.
The model is another easily accessible option that can be found at your local drugstore. Evaporators create their humidity by blowing air through a moistened filter. They contain a fan which blows the humidified air into the room. They are safer than Steam Vaporizers, however, they are also a more expensive purchase.
Impeller humidifiers create cool mist through the use of rotating disks that run at high speeds. The “cool mist humidifiers”, as they are also referred to, are an excellent choice for families with young children who don’t want to spend a lot of money on their humidifier of choice.
Ultrasonic humidifiers also produce a cool mist with the help of ultrasonic vibration. These are the most energy-efficient off the shelf options that homeowners can purchase. The downfall to this style of humidifier is that the less expensive units create a white dust as a by-product of the vibration. This fine dust can cause irritation for those with breathing problems. New technology is now allowing this style of humidifier to operate without the white dust by-product, however this feature comes with a larger price tag.
If a Central Humidifier is the best fit for your home, our experts are here to assist you in the decision of which brand of humidifier is best and what size you will need. For more information contact us today!