Most people have heard of the terms humidifier and dehumidifier, but most don’t know that there is a difference between the two. Many people still use the words interchangeably not realizing that they are two different things. The primary difference is in how each ones operates and functions and what its main use is for. Humidity is good for the overall health of the body around , but maintaining these conditions in very dry and very wet places can be hard. Simply put, a humidifier is used to add humidity to the air around you while a dehumidifier is used to reduce it.
What Does a Dehumidifier Do?
The main purpose of a dehumidifier is to reduce the moisture content in the air around you. It is often used in warm to hot climates and can be used in singular rooms or throughout the house. Many people use them to regulate the temperature in a room, but many also use them to help reduce and eliminate allergens like mold, mildew, pollen, and animal dander from the air in the area. It is often used when humidity is more than the recommended 40%-50% range. The most common types of dehumidifiers include mechanical refrigerated styles, air conditioners (some have a manual dehumidifier selection), electronic makeshifts. Makeshifts are often some form of heat, including a heater or even a fireplace or pellet stove.
How Does a Humidifier Work?
The main purpose of a humidifier is to add moisture to the air around you. Most people use them in cooler and dryer climates, or during winter when the temperature of the air can cause the surrounding air to be very dry and cold. Humidifiers can be used in a single room or can be used throughout the house. Humidifiers are used to help add moisture, which increases moisture content in the nose and mouth when breathing and can help alleviate symptoms from the common cold. It is often used when humidity is less than the recommended 40%-50% range. The most common types that people use are warm and cool mists or makeshifts. Makeshifts include using a heater or stove with an open container of water to promote moisture back into the air.
How do you know if you need a humidifier or a dehumidifier? Most people can tell just from how the temperature feels and how their breathing is affected. If you are unable to decide from that alone, you can also do visual checks with glass and other surfaces in the home to help you decide. Condensation on windows, doors and other glass surfaces can mean that you have too much humidity, while frost and ice can mean that you have too little humidity.