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Healthy Humidity: How to Choose a Humidifier or Dehumidifier for Your Home

By February 11, 2021No Comments

Just like having clean water and air in your home, healthy humidity is key to your overall health and wellness.

 

What is humidity?

Humidity refers to the level of moisture in the air. When humidity is listed as a percentage, this is relative humidity out of the highest possible percentage of humidity that can be in the air.  

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Humidifiers vs. Dehumidifiers

Humidifiers add moisture to the air. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air.

 

Why is humidity so important?

Studies show that the flu virus thrives in dry air. On the flip side, too much moisture in the air can become the breeding ground for mold and bacteria which can cause a multitude of health problems. A healthy humidity level in your home is essential so that you and your family can stay healthy.

 

Humidity needs will differ depending on where you live, but the ideal indoor relative humidity level in any home should be between 30% and 60%.

 

How do you figure out what the humidity level is in your home? Hygrometers are devices that can measure your home’s humidity.

 

If you’re not sure whether you need a humidifier for a dehumidifier in your home, here are a few signs to look for:

How do you know if you need a humidifier?

Signs you have poor humidity:

  • Frequent bloody noses
  • Chapped and cracked lips
  • Chronic dry, itchy skin, and eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Dry, cracking wood and furniture
  • Increased static electricity

Benefits of Humidifiers

Dry air does more harm than good. It can take a toll on us physically in the form of dry, cracked lips and skin, making it easier for us to catch airborne viruses like the flu. It can take a toll on wood surfaces in your home too. Installing a whole-home humidifier can help make sure your home is properly moisturized. Aprilaire humidifiers come with dual sensors to monitor the humidity inside your home and outside, so you can set it to the humidity level that’s comfortable for you and enjoy the relief.

How do you know if you need a dehumidifier?

Signs you may have too much moisture in the air:

  • Moist or wet stains on walls or ceiling
  • Air feels stuffy
  • Windows have condensation
  • You smell a musty odor
  • Mold growth on surfaces
  • Increased dust

 

Benefits of Dehumidifiers 

Excessive moisture in the air can cause mold and bacteria to grow on surfaces and can also cause wooden surfaces in your home to swell. If you rely on your air conditioner to cool your home during the hot summer months, this can put a strain on your HVAC system and your electric bill. One of the best things you can do to keep your home comfortable is to invest in a dehumidifier to help keep your home comfortable. Aprilaire has a great blog post about choosing the right dehumidifier for your home.

Mold growth wherever there is dampness and moisture, like basements, attics, kitchens, bathrooms or areas with too much moisture

Humidity and COVID-19

How does a humidifier help against coronavirus? We’re learning new things about COVID-19 every day, but it’s important to talk about how humidifiers can help protect you and your family from contracting the virus.

What we do know is that many respiratory illnesses thrive when the air is dry. Recently, a group of scientists has said that your chances of contracting COVID-19 increase during the winter due to low humidity.

Here’s what we know:

  1. Respiratory Immune System Efficiency: Low humidity in the air causes your immune system’s defenses to be impaired.
  2. Virus float time: Virus-carry air droplets shrink due to evaporation in dry air, which makes them lighter and gives them more “air time’. This causes these virus-carrying droplets to spread easier.
  3. Virus Survival Time: Dry air allow airborne droplets to survive longer in the air.

Whole-home humidification is essential to help you and your family stay healthy.

Aprilaire Humidifiers 

 

Aprilaire was the first to introduce whole-home humidifiers and they make it easy to achieve a comfortable humidity level in your home. Aprilaire Whole-Home Humidifiers are designed to add just the right amount of moisture into your air. They have easy-to-use digital controls and can be controlled through a mobile app so you can set the correct relative humidity you want in your home and forget about it. Having a humidifier can help reduce asthma flare-ups, limit the transmission of airborne viruses, and it can also help you sleep better!

 

How to choose a humidifier for your home: The type of Aprilaire Humidifier will depend on the square footage of your house.

 

Humidifier for up to 3,000 Sq. Ft House:

 

Aprilaire 500 Whole House Compact Furnace Humidifier 

The Aprilaire 500 Whole-Home Compact Furnace Humidifier is what you need to achieve a healthy humidity level in your home. This whole-house humidifier has a unique evaporation process that conserves water and eliminates any need for a floor drain. This home humidifier has a 12-gallon-per-day capacity and features automatic humidifier features dual sensors that allow for monitoring and response to indoor relative humidity and outdoor temperature for optimal humidity in your home 24 hours a day, 7-days a week. It comes with a convenient digital control that gives you all the information and options you need, including water panel change and service reminders, humidity percentage, and more. If you’re looking for an easy way to maintain optimal humidity, reduce allergy, asthma, and respiratory infection symptoms, minimize dust mites, fungi, viruses, and even bacteria in your home, then this incredible unit is a must!

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Humidifiers for Homes up to 4,000 Sq. Ft: 

 

Aprilaire 400 Whole House Water Saver Furnace Humidifier 

The Aprilaire 400 Whole House Water Saver Furnace Humidifier makes it easy to maintain optimal humidity, reduce allergy, asthma, and respiratory infection symptoms, minimize dust mites, fungi, viruses, and bacteria in your home. This furnace humidifier is designed with a unique evaporation process and does not require a floor drain. It features a capacity of 17-gallon-per-day, has dual sensors, allowing for monitoring and response to indoor relative humidity and outdoor temperature for optimal humidity in your home 24/7. It also comes with a digital panel that has the information and options you need, including water panel change and service reminders, humidity percentage, and more. 

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Aprilaire 600 Whole House Humidifier 

An important step towards a healthier home starts with the Aprilaire 600 Whole House Humidifier. This whole-home, high output furnace humidifier features a unique evaporation process that conserves water. Its dual sensors monitor and respond to indoor relative humidity levels and track outdoor temperature to create optimal humidity in your home continuously. It comes with an easy-to-use digital control that also reminds you about water panel changes and services. It also allows you to know what the humidity percentage is in your home and more. 

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Humidifiers for up to 4,200 Sq. Ft House: 

 

Aprilaire 700 Whole House Fan Powered Humidifier 

Healthy humidity is achievable in your home with the Aprilaire 700 Whole House Fan Powered Humidifier. This whole-home high output, fan-powered furnace humidifier is exactly what you need to make your home as comfortable as it can be. No need for a floor drain, this unit’s unique evaporation process conserves water. It has an 18-gallon-per-day capacity and dual sensors that monitor and adjust your indoor relative humidity. Get reminders about water panel changes and services, track the humidity percentage, and more with its easy-to-use digital control. 

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Humidifiers for Homes up to 6,200 Sq. Ft

 

Aprilaire 800 Whole House Steam Humidifier 

Ensure that the air quality in your home is unmatched with the Aprilaire 800 Whole House Steam Humidifier. This steam humidifier features electrode technology and offers a high output. It’s designed to cover up to 6,200 square feet, and you can choose from an impressive six levels of output, allowing for moisture control based on installation and voltage. This unit is best for homes in desert climates and does not require purified water to operate. Plus, it leaves behind no dust or white film to clean up. It features a dual-sensor that has a 24/7 automatic mode and will continuously monitor and respond to indoor relative humidity and outdoor temperatures for the optimal humidity level in your home. You’ll love the convenient digital control because it gives you all the information and options you need, including water panel change and service reminders, humidity percentage, and more. Maintaining optimal humidity is made easy with this must-have unit.

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Aprilaire Dehumidifiers

 

Aprilaire Whole-House Dehumidifiers are designed to maintain the proper humidity level in your entire home by eliminating excess moisture. They feature corrosion-resistant aluminum coils and are built incredibly sturdy to prevent leaks. Aprilaire Whole-House Dehumidifiers will help keep the air in your home comfortable and energy-efficient while also protecting your home’s most important assets.

 

How to choose a dehumidifier for your home: Which Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifier you need will depend on your home’s square footage.

 

Dehumidifier for Homes up to 2,800 Sq. Ft. 

 

Aprilaire 1820 Pro Dehumidifier (Crawl Space)

Treat your family to the best air quality with help from the Aprilaire 1820 Pro Dehumidifier (Crawl Space). This 70-pint pro crawlspace dehumidifier was designed for cramped crawlspaces. This whole house dehumidifier is built to last and features corrosion-resistant aluminum coils. It will remove up to 9 gallons of water daily and helps prevent odors, structural wood rot, termites, and mold. Its automatic control allows you to set it and forget it because it will control your home’s humidity and maintain it once it reaches a certain level. This dehumidifier is lightweight which makes it easy to position and maneuver during setup and installation. Keep your crawlspace dry and your home healthy with this must-have dehumidifier!

 

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Dehumidifier for Home up to 3,800 Sq. Ft. 

 

Aprilaire 1830 Whole House Dehumidifier (Small Home/Basement)

Peace of mind is priceless, and that’s why the Aprilaire 1830 Whole House Dehumidifier (Small Home/Basement) is the best dehumidifier for your home. This unit is built to last with corrosion-resistant aluminum coils and works to remove up to 9 gallons of water daily. This basement dehumidifier will control and reduce basement humidity and prevent odors, mildew, mold, and damp furnishings or carpet. It features an automatic control that makes sure your home maintains a healthy humidity level. Set up is simple and you won’t have empty messy water trays. Keep your basement dry and your home healthy with the best in whole-home dehumidifiers!

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Dehumidifiers for up to 5,200 Sq. Ft. Homes: 

 

Aprilaire 1850 Whole House Dehumidifier (Whole Home/Basement)

Make your home more enjoyable with the Aprilaire 1850 Whole House Dehumidifier (Whole Home/Basement). This 95-pint whole-home dehumidifier features corrosion-resistant aluminum coils and doesn’t have any messy water trays for you to empty. This dehumidifier is built to last and will remove up to 12 gallons of water daily. If you are looking for a dehumidifier that will prevent musty odors, mildew, mold, and damp furnishings or carpet, this dehumidifier is it! It features an automatic control that will allow you to set it and forget it. Enjoy peace of mind that this dehumidifier is maintaining the humidity level in your home. This dehumidifier can be ducted directly into your HVAC system and will keep your home and your family healthy and comfortable for years to come. 

 

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Aprilaire 1852 Whole House Dehumidifier (Whole Home/Basement)

Moisture problems in your home? The Aprilaire 1852 Whole House Dehumidifier is exactly what you need to keep the humidity level in your home comfortable. This 95-pint whole-home dehumidifier features corrosion-resistant aluminum coils, will remove up to 12-gallons of water a day, and the best part? You won’t have any messy water trays to empty. This dehumidifier will control and reduce the humidity in your home and will help prevent odors, mildew, mold, and damp furnishings or carpet. Its automatic control allows you to set it and forget it so you can get on with life. This whole-house dehumidifier can be ducted directly into your HVAC system and will make it easy to keep your home comfortable for years to come. 

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Dehumidifier for Homes up to 7,200 Sq. Ft. 

 

Aprilaire 1870 Whole House Dehumidifier (Whole House/Basement)

Peace of mind is priceless, and that’s why the Aprilaire 1870 Whole House Dehumidifier (Whole House/Basement) is the best choice for your home. It was even rated the Most Efficient Dehumidifier of ENERGY STAR® 2020! This 130-pint whole-home dehumidifier features corrosion-resistant aluminum coils and removes up to 16 gallons of water daily (and you don’t even have to empty any messy trays of water to let it do its thing). This whole-house dehumidifier will control and reduce humidity in your home and will help to prevent odors, mildew, mold, and damp furnishings or carpet from taking over your home. You can set it and forget with its automatic control because it will make sure the humidity in your home stays at the ideal level. This dehumidifier can be ducted directly into your HVAC system. Treat yourself and your family to a healthy home environment with this must-have unit.  

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Aprilaire 1872 Whole House Dehumidifier (Whole House/Basement)

Enjoy the benefits of clean, dehumidified air with the Most Efficient Dehumidifier of ENERGY STAR® 2020– the Aprilaire 1872 Whole House Dehumidifier (Whole House/Basement). This 130-pint whole-home dehumidifier features corrosion-resistant aluminum coils and doesn’t have a tray that needs to be emptied. Its built-to-last and works to remove up to 16 gallons of water daily. It will control and reduces humidity in your home and help to prevent odors, mildew, mold, and damp furnishings or carpet in your home. The automatic control allows you to set it and forget it, controlling humidity when it reaches a certain level and it can be ducted directly into your HVAC system. Treat yourself and your family to better indoor air with one of the best dehumidifiers. 

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Humidifier/Dehumidifier Installation:

 

Aprilaire Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers require professional installation. We recommend visiting the Aprilaire website to find a Healthy Air Professional in your area.

 

Humidifier Maintenance:

 

Aprilaire humidifier maintenance is easy. It is recommended that you change your Aprilaire Water Panel at least once a year. Your Aprilaire Humidistat will also alert you when it’s time to change your water panel.

 

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Dehumidifier Maintenance:

 

Aprilaire dehumidifier maintenance is simple. Yearly filter cleanings or replacements will allow your dehumidifier to run smoothly for years to come.

 

Do you have a question about humidifiers or dehumidifiers? Let us know in the comments. 

 

 
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