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“Dry” is good news when you’re planning a picnic or heading to a summertime baseball game. But when it comes to your home — especially in the winter — lasting periods of dry air make for an unpleasant environment. Fortunately, humidifiers are a convenient, relatively inexpensive way to put moisture back in the air you breathe and effectively combat dry air.
There are plenty of practical benefits to having a humidifier in your home. The proper humidity level can protect hardwood floors from separating or splitting. A humidifier prevents static buildup around your house, eliminating those nasty shocks after you walk across the carpet. Plus, humidity makes the air in your home feel warmer, so you don’t have to keep cranking up the heat in the winter months — and suffering those extra-high energy bills.
As great as these benefits are, a reliable humidifier can do even more to improve your family’s environment. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Most people are most comfortable at a humidity level of between 30 percent and 50 percent. We’ve already gone through the problems that can arise when the humidity in your home is too low; however, when the humidity is too high, it can make the air feel stuffy and cause condensation that can collect on walls, floors, etc. Fortunately, it shouldn’t take long to find your ideal setting.
Many homes have a central humidifier built into their furnace or AC system to help humidify the entire house; however, even on the “winter setting” you may find yourself needing some additional moisture in the air. In this case, a tabletop or tower humidifier is your best bet. Most HoMedics humidifiers are portable and have a range of customizable features like digital readouts, timers, and more to efficiently humidify small to large areas in your home.
HoMedics also offers several ultrasonic humidifiers, which means they use a ceramic diaphragm that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency to form a cool mist. Our popular Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier is whisper quiet, producing a visible yet micro-fine warm mist or cool mist for the perfect room humidity.
Don’t buy more humidifier than you need; use this handy guide to find the right type of humidifier for your room size: Small rooms (less than 400 sq ft): Portable or compact humidifier Medium rooms (400-1,000 sq ft): Tower humidifier Large rooms (more than 1,000 sq ft): Console or tower humidifier
Like any appliance that uses water, a humidifier requires some basic maintenance and regular disinfection to perform at its best. It’s also wise from a wellness standpoint — without cleaning, the water in your humidifier just sits and stagnates. Clearly, that’s not water you want to use to humidify your environment.
Follow these tips to keep your family healthy, and your humidifier running well for years to come.
Enjoy all the benefits of your new humidifier during the dry winter months. Then, store it away when the weather warms up, and you’ll be set for year-round comfort.
Ready to make your home a more-comfortable place? Check out our complete lineup of humidifiers, air purifiers, and more here.