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4 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Dehumidifiers and Humidifiers

Do you have accurate information about dehumidifiers and humidifiers?

Explaining dehumidifiers and humidifiers

Humidifier, dehumidifier – you likely know what they are, but do you know how to use each of them correctly to benefit the comfort levels in your home? Misuse of one could actually increase your allergies or have you waking up with dried out nasal passages every morning. The introduction of the simple prefix “de” makes a world of difference.

Let’s take a look at the differences, use of, and situations that call for a humidifier or dehumidifier. Many people may get these facts mixed up, but this list will help you to know what’s up:

1. What exactly is the difference between a dehumidifier and humidifier?

The difference is that one reduces moisture in the air while the other increases moisture. A dehumidifier will reduce the moisture in the air while a humidifier does exactly the opposite if an increase in moisture is needed or desired.

2. Does the season or climate matter when it comes to making the decision to use either?

The climate where you live and the time of year will both be factors you need to consider as you decide whether you need a humidifier or dehumidifier.

  • If you live in a humid environment or if it is the warm season where you live, chances are you could benefit from a dehumidifier.
  • If the temperatures are dropping and cold, dry air is becoming an everyday occurrence, a humidifier could become your new best friend.
  • One thing both humidifiers and dehumidifiers have in common is that they can be used in either a single room or throughout your whole home.

3. The situation in which each needs to be used:

  • The dehumidifier will reduce moisture and it will also get rid of pesky molds, mildew and mites that may be clogging up your air and triggering your allergies.
  • The humidifier will be a welcome relief when the cold weather dries up the air, adding much-needed moisture to increase comfort levels. It will also relieve the dry skin and nasal passages that are a result of the winter weather.

4. Percentages.

You dreaded them in math class, but the numbers are simple in reference to the humidifiers:

  • Dehumidifiers are used when humidity is greater than 50%.
  • Humidifiers are used when humidity is less than 35%.

Armed with the right information about humidifiers and dehumidifiers, you may now realize that you need one, or the other, or both. If so, make an appointment with G&M Service to discuss dehumidifiers and humidifiers in depth and find out what is best for your unique situation.

by: Phil Smith

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