When to Use a Humidifier or Dehumidifier

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Humidifier & Dehumidifier Benefits and Proper Use

Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers work to keep your home, office, or commercial building comfortable for family members, employees, and colleagues – but do you know the difference between them? Using a humidifier when a dehumidifier is needed, and vice versa, could lead to uncomfortable room climates, worsened allergy symptoms, and more.

Keep scrolling to learn about the differences between humidifiers and dehumidifiers and the benefits they provide.

Benefits of a Humidifier

A humidifier is used to improve the comfort level of the air around you by adding moisture into the air. Because a humidifier adds moisture, they are most beneficial if used during cooler months or in locations with an extremely dry climate. During the winter heating season, forced air furnaces – or furnaces distributing air through a duct system tend to produce warm, dry heat, causing humidity levels to drop in your home or business. It is recommended to use a humidifier in rooms or buildings with less than 35 percent humidity. Humidifiers have been known to:

  • Prevent dry skin
  • Moisten nasal passages (which is helpful if you have a cold)
  • Alleviate dry, scratchy, and sore throats
  • Alleviate coughing
  • Reduce headaches
  • Reduce nose bleeds

Benefits of a Dehumidifier

Like a humidifier, a dehumidifier is used to improve the comfort level of the air around you. However, a dehumidifier does so by removing moisture from an area or building, not adding it. Dehumidifiers work best in warm or humid climates (where humidity levels are greater than 50 percent), and have been known to provide the following benefits:

  • Reduce mold
  • Reduce dust mites
  • Reduce mildew
  • Alleviate allergy symptoms
  • Alleviate asthma symptoms

Humidifiers & Dehumidifier Services from American Mechanical

At American Mechanical, Inc., we install, repair, and service single room and whole-house humidifiers throughout the Virginia Beach area. If you wish to improve the air quality of your home or business, contact us online or give us a call today!