A Beginner’s Guide to Using a Humidifier this Winter

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If you are finding your house to be extra dry this winter, then a humidifier is a great addition. Colder winter temperatures cause moisture levels to drop both inside and outside of homes, causing the air to be much drier than other seasons. This can exacerbate allergies and congestion during peak illness season. A humidifier can help bring moisture back into your home. Not sure about where to get started? This article will highlight everything a newbie needs to know.

How Humidifiers Work

A humidifier is a small machine that expels water vapor into the surrounding air. Over time, the water vapor helps to increase the moisture and humidity of a room or area, typically in a home. These machines generally have different levels of intensity consumers can choose and require users to pour regular water into the apparatus before use. To use a humidifier, just add water to the device where directed. Plug it in, select the setting which meets your moisture needs, and water vapor should start appearing in the air soon after.

Humidifiers are Great in Winter

Humidifiers can be lifesavers during the winter time. Colder winter temperatures dry out the air, and most homes lose moisture reasonably quickly. In turn, this can create issues for people with respiratory problems or allergies. Using a humidifier can help relieve chest congestion and make it easier to sleep through the night.

Plenty of Options and Easy Setup

Humidifiers are inexpensive and easy to use. Basic humidifiers are usually one to two feet tall and weigh less than 10 pounds when filled with water. Most hardware or superstores carry several brands of humidifiers, so be sure to do your research to choose which is best for your needs.

Maintaining Your Humidifier

Humidifiers are small appliances, easy to use and maintain and needing just a couple checkups between uses. The most important part of maintaining yours is to empty and dry the water bin when it’s not in use. This prevents mold and bacteria growth inside the humidifier and decreases the chances of it spreading the mold and bacteria through the air on the following use. It is also wise to use a vinegar and water mixture to wipe out the humidifier every few uses to clean out any mold, bacteria, or debris that has built up in the apparatus.

A humidifier is a great solution if you find your house is dry in the winter. Best of all, it’s simple and fairly inexpensive. If you have questions about moisture levels in your home or purchasing a humidifier, give our professionals a call today at (866) 488-3263.  You can also reach Great Dane Heating & Air on the web.

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