If your home has a dry atmosphere, it is a good idea to buy a humidifier that will add some moisture to the air, which is healthier. According to the experts, the ideal humidity in your home is 50% in the summer and 30% in the winter and if your humidity levels are lower than that, perhaps you should think about buying a humidifier.
Types of Humidifier
There are basically 3 types of domestic humidifier;
- Warm mist humidifiers – This unit adds humidity to the atmosphere in the form of hot vapour, which is created by an electric element that heats water, turning it into a warm mist. This is one type of isothermal humidification and it is popular in countries with a cold climate.
- Adiabatic humidifiers– The most popular form of domestic humidifier and with a localised Google search, you can buy an adiabatic humidifier from Air Solutions, a leading NSW supplier of top-quality humidifiers.
- Cool mist humidifiers – Much like the warm mist units, only this machine uses cold water to create a fine mist that is applied to the atmosphere. Many Australian homes use cool mist humidifiers to add moisture to the air and if you would like to view a great selection of humidifiers, a Google search is all it takes. Online shopping is, on average, 15-25% cheaper, as the online supplier does not have the huge overheads of the traditional retailer.
Isothermal humidifiers have been used in commercial HVAC for many years, with several types, which include the following:
- Steam injection
- Steam to steam
- Gas to steam
- Electric steam
- Infra red
These systems are used in large buildings like shopping malls and are installed and maintained by HVAC engineers, which keeps the climate to a certain standard.
This is when finely atomised mist is added to the atmosphere and the main difference to isothermal humidification is there is no heat added with adiabatic humidifiers. The types of adiabatic humidifiers include high-pressure atomisation, air atomisation, ultrasonic and wet media evaporative, while benefits include considerable energy savings, more precise humidity control and easy to operate and maintain. If you would like to learn more about adiabatic humidifiers, search online for a leading Australian supplier of the best products, who would have a complete range of units, all at affordable prices.
Portable, single-room ultrasonic humidifiers are a very popular way to improve the quality of the air in your home and this device has a water tank and a vibrating diaphragm element, which vibrates at a very high frequency, which we call ultrasonic. These vibrations send tiny droplets of water into the atmosphere and these evaporate, adding moisture to the air, and if there is no heat added, this is called a ‘cool mist’ humidifier, while with a heated element, it is a ‘warm-mist’ humidifier. Click here for tips on home sanitation during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is essential.
Checking your Home for Humidity
It might be that you only need a humidifier for a single room; use a hydrometer to take a reading in all rooms in the house and look at the findings to see which rooms are dry and require moisture and which are fine. Most families can get by with a single portable unit that they use in various rooms at various times and with an online search, you can locate an Australian supplier and take your pick from the various units.
There are certain dangers with humidifiers; a warm mist unit, for example, contains an electric heating element and you could burn yourself if you happened to touch the machine while it is on. Therefore, you should never leave a toddler in a room with a warm mist humidifier, for safety reasons. Also, bacteria can thrive in the water container inside the unit, so you should wash this often, which removes the danger completely. Every time you fill up the water tank, it should be cleaned with soapy water, which will keep harmful bacteria at bay.
Too Much Humidity
If there is too much moisture in the air, you will see condensation forming on the window frames and this can lead to mold and fungi, which you definitely do not want. Use a hydrometer to test for the humidity in the air in your home and adjust things accordingly and with online solutions acquiring a hydrometer is not an issue. Here is a link to the Australian government website concerning air quality.
If the air in your home is very dry, this can cause wood to crack and warp, which is another reason to use a humidifier. If you have solid timber flooring, avoid placing your humidifier on the floor, as a water spillage might occur. Timber will also be affected if the humidity is high, so do take care with this and use a hydrometer to check humidity levels.
Using a humidifier can improve the air quality in your home and by using a hydrometer, you can check all the rooms in your house.