What is the difference between a humdifier and a dehumidifier?
Both a humidifier and dehumidifier are concerned with the moisture content in the air. However, while a humidifier adds on the existing moisture levels, the dehumidifier removes it. The key is in knowing when to use each one. Read on to know more about the two.
When to humidify or dehumidify?
Generally a humidifier is required during winter and not in summer as is the common misconception. When the weathers are cold and dry, use of a heater makes the air drier. Also when you experience physical discomforts like itchy eyes, dryness of skin, chapped lips and frequent static shocks when walking on your carpets; a humidifier is ideal.
On the other hand, you invest in a dehumidifier when your home feels stuffy, with a musty reek to it and shows signs of rotting wood and moldy wet stained ceilings and walls.
Measuring your home’s moisture:
Only when you know the moisture levels of the air, can you decide on a humidifier or a dehumidifier. Hence, buy a hygrometer at the earliest.
Hygrometers are special forms of thermometers, designed to measure the atmospheric humidity content.
It is always good to be aware of the ideal and acceptable atmospheric humidity levels. In order for a house to be healthy and normal, it should record a humidity level of 30%-50%. A humidifier is needed if the level falls below 30% and a dehumidifier is required when the levels are above 50%.
Be sure to measure the air humidity of all rooms within your house and at different times of the day. Since both the devices are highly expensive, it is a boon if you are not in need of either a humidifier or a dehumidifier.
What to know before making a purchase?
Before purchasing either a humidifier or a dehumidifier, there are some points to be borne in mind.
Each humidifier model may have a different purpose. While some are designed to target one room, others are to humidity the entire house.
Some may purchase a unit (can be either a humidifier or dehumidifier) intending to use it for the entire house, by leaving doors open. This is a misconception and rarely works. The unit may humidify or dehumidify the air in a particular area, but as the distance from the unit increases, less moisture is pumped into or withdrawn from the air.
Similarly buying a small unit to target a whole house, will wear out the machine faster, causing you to lose money spent in buying the device.
Big does not equal to better:
Most people commonly make the wrong decision of purchasing a big unit or the largest unit for their homes and later come to the realization that it was not required. Hence, before rushing to make a purchase, adhere to these important steps to save both your time and money.
- Measure using a hygrometer: to know the air humidity of all your rooms and then decide whether to purchase a humidifier or a dehumidifier
- Know the levels: a level that falls between 30-50% indicates that the units are not required
- When in need purchase: without procrastinating and you can ensure an allergy free, shock free, healthy living environment for your family.
- Big vs. small: choose one which is best suited for your needs.