Are you trying to breathe a little easier or limit allergens in your home? A humidifier or dehumidifier is just what you need, but which one is the best suited for your requirements? Let us help you gain a clearer insight!
Humidifier – What is it?
It adds moisture to the air in a room. People often use them to decrease the dryness in an artificially heated room, home or building. It can also increase humidity in a home in a perpetually dry climate. By adding humidity to a room, they can ease dry skin and a dry cough. They may also reduce sinus congestion when you have allergies or a cold.
How does it work?
While there are a number of different types of humidifiers, they work in essentially the same manner. They add moisture to your room by releasing an invisible mist into the air. Various types of humidifiers do this in slightly different ways. For instance, an evaporative humidifier uses an internal fan to pull air from the room into the unit. Then, it saturates the air with moisture, and sends the moist air back out into the room. Ultrasonic humidifiers use an ultrasonic vibrating diaphragm that forces tiny water droplets into the air.
Dehumidifier – What is it?
A dehumidifier is an appliance that reduces the level of humidity in the air. You might want one for health or comfort reasons, such as limiting allergens in the air or helping a space feel cooler. People also use them reduce musty odors in a humid area. Larger industrial humidifiers are used in buildings like pools or ice rinks to control the humidity levels in the building, or your entire home.
How does it work?
A dehumidifier works by drawing air out of a space, filtering the moisture out of that air and then siphoning the air back into the room. The moisture collected is stored in a tank that you empty out. Most dehumidifiers work in one of two ways: by refrigeration or absorption. Refrigeration-type dehumidifiers work by using an electric fan to suck warm air through a grille, while absorption-type models draw the air through a desiccant material and push it back out.
It is best to ask an HVAC expert to inspect your home so they can recommend if a humidifier or dehumidifier is better suited for your requirements, since they have extensive knowledge of both systems.