Do You Need an Air Conditioner Humidifier?
There are a variety of HVAC systems on the market. They all do different things and offer different benefits, but one thing many people overlook is the benefits of an air conditioner humidifier. While some AC units can have humidifying properties, you may still need a humidifier in your home.
What is a Humidifier?
A humidifier is an appliance that increases the amount of moisture in the air. This device ensures that the air around you is not completely dry, which can lead to various bodily irritations. There are various signs that you may need a humidifier in your home, especially if you’re suffering from various symptoms such as dry skin, strained vocal chords, chapped lips, nose irritation, and headaches. Humidifiers can help relieve these symptoms; however, overusing a humidifier can worsen any current respiratory issues you may have.
The benefits of adding more moisture in the air are numerous, but there are a few drawbacks to the process if you overuse your humidifier. As with everything in life, balance is required – too little isn’t enough, but too much could cause your home to become damp. Dampness may cause bacteria, mold, mildew, and even dust mites to spawn in your home. Research shows that by keeping the humidity levels in your home between approximately 30% and 50%, you can avoid excessive dampness and ensure that your home remains free of mold and mildew.
There are different types of humidifiers on the market, but the humidifier you get does depend on your specific needs as well as your budget. You are able to add a humidifier to a single room or utilize a unit that provides moisture to your entire home. Central humidifiers can be installed directly into your HVAC system. This ensures that your entire house benefits from extra moisture in the air, without you having to lug around a portable humidifier, from room to room, and risk it being knocked over in the process.
Since summer in South Florida means you can’t move without your AC, you may want to consider adding a humidifier to your unit. Unsurprisingly enough, excessive use of an air conditioner can remove all moisture from the air. While regular air conditioner maintenance is important, for example: replacing your filters can ensure that the quality of your air remains unaffected, there other external factors that could affect your indoor air quality.
It is important to note that when you’re fitting your home for an HVAC system or installing a humidifier that you ensure that everything is correctly sized for the specific room it is in or for your home. If your AC unit is not correctly sized, you may experience various problems with your unit. While AC troubleshooting tips can come in handy, at the end of the day, it’s best to speak to a licensed technician that will provide you with reliable advice to ensure the correct humidity levels in your home. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric for professional AC services that you can count on.