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Finding The Right Room Humidifers For Your Home

A room humidifier can relieve the symptoms associated with air that is too dry. Low humidity levels are common in the winter. Heating the house makes the air even drier. Low humidity levels are a year round problem in dry climates. Dry air robs the skin and hair of moisture. This causes dry, itchy skin and is a bigger problem for people with dry skin. The skin becomes scaly looking and rough to the touch. People with sensitive skin or eczema have the most problem with low humidity levels in winter.

Dry air can cause health problems as well. Your nasal passages and throat to become dry. Most people find this most noticeable in the morning. If your sore throat gets better during the day, only to return in the early morning, dry air is most likely the cause. Adding humidity to the room can help relieve your symptoms and help you get a better night’s sleep.

Types of Room Humidifiers

A Steam Humidifier or Vaporizer uses hot water. This can be hazardous in homes with small children. The benefit of these is the boiling water kills bacteria and mold spores.

Warm mist humidifiers also use steam, but the air is cooled before being released into the room. The air can pick up bacteria in the cooling process and isn’t as efficient at killing germs as steam models.

Cool Mist Humidifiers use cold water and release a fine pure mist into the room. Bacteria is most common in these humidifiers. Many contain humidifier filters that are meant to trap bacteria and mold. The best choice is a model with a HEPA filter. The filters must be changed regularly because they can become clogged with impurities from your water. To prevent particles from clogging the filter, use distilled water.

Potential Dangers of Humidifiers

Humidifiers can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, if you aren’t careful. Bacteria inside the unit can be released into the air and breathed into the lungs. This is especially dangerous for people with asthma and allergies. The bacteria can make you sick, even if you don’t have one of these conditions.

The standing water is the main source of illness. Mold spores grow in standing water and are then released into the air when the machine is turned on. Mineral dust from the minerals in your water is another problem. This can be seen as white dust inside the machine. These particles are released in the air and can pose problems, depending on the elements and minerals present in your water supply. One way to prevent this problem is to use only distilled water.

Maintaining the correct level of humidity in the room will help prevent problems with mold and mildew. The acceptable range for humidity is between 30 and 50%. Mold breeds in levels above fifty percent and flourishes at sixty percent moisture. Invest in a hygrometer to measure and keep track. A built in humidistat is a great feature and allows you to set the machine with the level you want. When the room reaches the level, it will shut off automatically.

Cleaning and Maintaining

Proper cleaning can prevent illness caused by humidifiers. Regular cleaning is essential and instructions are included from the manufacturer to show you the right way to clean your machine. The water should be changed daily to prevent bacteria and mold spores from developing. Empty the water after each use, rinse the reservoir with fresh water and dry thoroughly. Do this every time you turn it off to keep germs away.

Clean the machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. During times of heavy use, disinfect the machine regularly. If you use a disinfectant, be sure to rinse it thoroughly until all residue is removed and dry it completely. This will avoid problems with chemical vapors in the air. You should disinfect and wash the machine thoroughly at the beginning and end of the season.

 

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Don Fenton

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Finding The Best Whole House Humidifier Out There

You spend time and energy figuring out everything with your home décor from the paint on the walls to the coverings on the windows. You may have even thought about which furnace or air conditioning system would best meet your needs. It you really want to make your home environment the most comfortable it can be then you should also put some thought into what is the best whole house humidifier for you. Controlling the humidity in your home is as important as where the thermostat sits in terms of keeping your environment the most comfortable.

Tops Table Vs. Whole House Humidifiers

In many climates there is plenty of humidity in the air at least three seasons of the year. During the cold, dry winter months, many people will put a table top humidifier into their children’s or baby’s room to help them breathe better and sleep undisturbed. However, there are climates where the weather doesn’t adjust the humidity to the perfect comfort level on its own. These are the places where you may find you need more than just one or two room or table top humidifiers, but a whole house humidifier.

If you are considering a home improvement project that will require little tool usage and knowledge and will provide an air purification system along with the humidifier, then adding the a whole house humidifier is right up your alley.

Inside humidifiers there are gauges to measure and regulate humidity levels much like a thermometer regulates temperature. These gauges measure the humidity in the air and then turn the system on and off as needed. The units sit in one room and measure as small as a large console television, yet their effect can reach 2 or 3 thousand square feet worth of living space.

Humidity Control Plus Filtering

The climate in your home is further improved with a whole house humidifier by the addition of a HEPA filter. HEPA filters trap air particles as the air comes into the unit. It filters the air of particles as small as 0.3 micron, which is comparable to some manufacturing clean room environments. That is clean air!

An air purifier which recycles air – that is draws in room air, cleans it and then releases it back into the room – must have some kind of filtration system. HEPA filters can handle whole buildings with tens or hundreds of thousands of square feet, so imagine how well it can work in a home setting.

If you are concerned about how a humidifier will look with your room décor, don’t be. There are dozens of styles and sizes of humidifiers that can manage a whole house and still look like a nice piece of furniture. You can strategically place the humidifier in a corner of the room and top it with some family pictures. You can also place it behind a sofa or chair, but you want to be sure there is plenty of room for the air to circulate both in and out of the unit.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

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Choosing The Right Humidor Humidifier

Those who smoke cigars, take their cigars seriously. For many, it is an indulgence in which they relish; a time to relax or reflect, celebrate or seal the deal. Whatever times or occasions one chooses to celebrate with a cigar, there is one thing they all have in common; their cigars must be fresh or the experience just isn’t worth it.

Keeping Cigars Fresh

Humidity control is the primary way to ensure freshness for cigars. A humidor humidifier – a device which adds just the right amount of moisture to the air of a humidor is a must have device for anyone who stores their cigars for longer than a week.
Collectors of fine cigars have invested a great deal of time and money into finding the finest manufactured cigars. To simply store those in a wooden box or jar would never do. These items must be stored in a properly controlled environment – namely the humidor.

Styles of Humidor Humidifiers

For a small collection of cigars a small container will do. Humidity still however needs to be properly regulated. Depending on the climate in which you live and the weather conditions, there may be enough humidity in the room air. That’s fine, but the enclosed container must also have the right conditions.

There are humidifier models designed to create the perfect atmosphere for any size humidor. Units can be installed in humidors holding between 25-30 cigars, or for those that hold 100 cigars. Even whole room systems are available for rooms holding thousands of treasured cigars.

Small, box sized humidifiers can run for several months without needing to be refilled with enough water to create the right amount of humidity. This allows you to fill the reservoir and basically forget about it for a long time.

For large collections – those held in a full room humidor – a much larger humidifying system is required. These generally hook up to a continuous water source, much like a household hot water tank would. Just as you turn on the faucet in your kitchen, the vaporizer part of the humidifier would turn on when humidity levels get too low for optimal freshness of the cigars. These electric pumps use a hepa filter to act as an internal purifier.

The Role of the Hygrometer

A hygrometer is the gauge that determines if there is enough humidity or not produced by the humidor humidifier. You can have the top, state of the art humidifier with endless and continuous water supply, but if the hygrometer isn’t working then it is all for naught.

A hygrometer can be either analogue or digital and can work to control just humidity or temperature and humidity together as in the digital models. The right combination of both will give you the best overall results.

It is important to keep hygrometers well calibrated. A quick check periodically can ensure that you are getting an accurate reading of the true temperature and humidity. If you fail to have an accurate reading from the hygrometer, then too much or too little humidity will destroy your collection.

 

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time!  Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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Benefit From The Value Of A Humidifier Rating

Home improvement can be very expensive, and in order to cut down on decoration and furniture replacement costs many people now use a valuable tool known as a humidifier. This type of appliance can help to inject moisture into a dry climate within the home, which in turn can help to eliminate costly damage to furnishings and décor. You can enjoy the benefits of single room humidifiers as well as whole house humidifiers, which can help reduce dry air in all of your rooms, such as the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom, the living room, and all communal areas. Another benefit of using this type of equipment within your home or office is that you can reduce ill health that can often arise from dry air, such as allergies, respiratory conditions, and skin conditions. These humidifiers are easy to use and maintain, so you don’t have to go to any unnecessary trouble in order to enjoy the benefits of good air quality within your home or your office.

Selecting the right humidifier for your needs through the use of ratings

One problem that many people come across – particularly those with no prior knowledge or experience with this type of equipment – is working out which humidifier will best sit their needs. Obviously, one important factor that needs to be taken into consideration when making your choice is budget – the cost of these appliances can vary depending on the features, and you need to find one that fits in with the amount you can afford to spend. Aside from the cost of the humidifier, one of the best ways to determine which one might be the right one for you is by taking note of humidifier rating information. By taking a humidifier rating into consideration you can get an objective idea of just how suitable a particular humidifier might be in terms of your own needs. Ratings offer a great way to learn more about the effectiveness – as well as the value and maintenance – of these devices, making them invaluable tools in the search for the perfect humidifier.

You can learn more about these ratings online and make a more informed purchase

The Internet is the ideal place to check out and compare humidifier rating information. You will find a great deal of information relating to these devices, with ratings available to help you find out more about areas such as how well they perform, how easy they are to use and maintain, and their overall value for money. With such a wide choice of humidifier types, makes, and models, trying to make the right choice can be very time consuming and difficult, but with the information that can be gleaned through these ratings the task of finding the device that will best suit you and your home or office can be made far simpler and faster. Whatever type of humidifier you are after and whatever your budget, it can really pay to take the time and view these ratings before making any firm commitment.

 
 

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