What is the Function of a Dehumidifier and Humidifier?
Keeping the humidity levels in a home at a comfortable level can be challenging. Throughout the course of the year, the humidity levels can rise and fall, leaving the interior of your home too dry or too humid. When the climate of your home is too dry, you may experience dry skin, sore throat, irritated nasal passages, frequent static shocks, and difficulties for people with asthma. The level of humidity at any one time can determine whether you may want to use a humidifier or dehumidifier. At Comfort by Design, our team has your indoor climate needs covered with heating and cooling equipment and services designed to provide superior and efficient comfort.
The Difference Between Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
When the air is too dry, humidifiers add moisture to the room. People generally use humidifiers during the winter months to counteract the dry winter air. Whole-home humidifiers work really well to assure the whole house obtains proper moisture levels.
On the other hand, a dehumidifier removes moisture from the air when the humidity is too high. Generally, dehumidifiers are used during the spring and summer months, or to remove excessive moisture from damp basements. Usually, people use dehumidifiers to remove that stale, sticky, feeling and to keep seasonal allergies at bay. And for the same, whole-home dehumidifiers will also assure proper moisture levels in the home.
Which One to Choose
A comfortable humidity level in most homes is somewhere between 30% and 50%. A dehumidifier is often used when the humidity rises above 50%. When the humidity drops below 30%, people tend to turn on the humidifier. A hygrometer is a relatively inexpensive device which can be used to determine the humidity within a home.
Humidifiers can prevent dry skin and help relieve scratchy, sore throats that are caused due to dryness. They can also help reduce asthma symptoms, nosebleeds, coughing, and headaches in addition to adding moisture to nasal passages.
With the installation of a dehumidifier in your living space, you can control humidity levels in your home. This is especially beneficial if your heating and air conditioning system is not solving the humidity problem. Excess humidity in a space creates discomfort and makes it hard for the body to cool down on its own.
In cases of excessive humidity, there is greater opportunity for mildew spots, dust mites, and microbial growth, which could also cause breathing concerns. Excess moisture can also provide a breeding ground for termites and pests, and cause damage and rot to furniture.
To learn about the indoor climate services and equipment we offer at Comfort By Design, or to request service, call us today at 719.374.1776 or complete our contact form.