Humidifiers vs. Dehumidifiers: When Should You Use Them?

Humidifiers and dehumidifiers are essential for keeping indoor humidity within healthy levels, especially if you live in an area that experiences humidity extremes. Your HVAC repair expert, Bounds Heating and Air takes a closer look at humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and when you should use them.

Differences Between Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

There are several factors that affect humidity levels in a home: proximity to bodies of water, weather, and even daily activities such as washing the laundry, cooking, and bathing. Basically, humidifiers and dehumidifiers control moisture levels in the air. The former increases humidity, while the latter decrease it.

There are several types of humidifiers available. The simplest of these, called warm mist humidifiers, boil water and release steam into the room. Aromatic or antibacterial compounds can be added to the water. Cool mist humidifiers are devices that blow moisture using evaporative fans, diffusers, or ultrasonic membranes.

Dehumidifiers can either use materials that absorb moisture, like desiccants, or condensation. Air conditioners belong to the latter category, as an AC pulls moisture from the air to a lesser degree. Note that the more complicated the humidifier or dehumidifier is, the more likely it will require regular HVAC maintenance from experts like Bounds Heating and Air.

Why Should You Use a Humidifier or a Dehumidifier?

The ideal humidity level is between 30% to 50%. Humidity outside these levels allows mold, mildew, and the flu virus to thrive. If the air is too dry, you’ll notice signs such as chapped lips and dry and itchy skin. Too wet, and you’ll notice signs like frizzy hair and cold, clammy bed sheets. If you have items like books or wooden musical instruments, then keeping the humidity within ideal levels at all times is important. You can use a hygrometer to measure the humidity levels in your home, which can help you decide if you need a humidifier or dehumidifier.

For help in buying a humidifier or a dehumidifier, or to get air conditioning repair services, call Bounds Heating and Air today at 352-290-3370. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve Alachua, FL, and surrounding areas in Florida.