How to Choose the Perfect Humidifier for Your Home

From dry and itchy skin to sinus issues and nosebleeds, air that is too dry can create a lot of problems. Unfortunately, this becomes a common issue during the cold winter months when humidity levels are low. The good news, though, is that purchasing a humidifier is a simple way to increase the moisture level in your home’s air so that you and your family can stay more comfortable all winter long.
To help you choose the perfect humidifier for your home, let’s take how humidifiers work, what to look for in a humidifier, and how you can protect the humidifier you purchase with an extended warranty from Upsie.

How Do Humidifiers Work?

Humidifiers work to release water vapor or steam into the air to increase the humidity levels inside an enclosed environment. If you decide to purchase a humidifier for your home, you will have four main types to choose from:
  • Central Humidifiers: Central humidifiers are built into your home’s heating and AC system and are designed to humidify the entire home.
  • Impeller Humidifiers: Impeller humidifiers produce a cool mist via a rotating disk.
  • Ultrasonic Humidifiers: Ultrasonic humidifiers produce a cool mist via ultrasonic vibration.
  • Evaporators: Evaporators increase the humidity level in a room by blowing air through a wet filter, wick, or belt to create evaporation.
  • Steam Vaporizers: Steam vaporizers heat water via electricity to turn it into steam. The machine cools the steam and releases it into the air.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Humidifier

There are several different types of humidifiers available and a broad range of models to choose from for each type. In addition, there are several factors you will want to consider when choosing the ideal humidifier for your home. For example, consider:

The Size of Your Room

Unless you are purchasing a central humidifier designed to humidify your entire home, you will need to consider the size of the room. If your humidifier is too large for the room, you may end up with humidity levels that are too high for comfort.
Likewise, if your humidifier is too small, it may not add enough moisture to the air. Check the square footage rating to make sure that it is ideal for the room where it will be located.

Ease of Use

Your humidifier should be easy to set up, adjust, and use.  Consider the size and portability of the humidifier to ensure that moving it into your home won’t be too much of a hassle. Next, check out the various controls on the humidifier and make sure that they are easy to understand and navigate.
For evaporator humidifiers, make sure that the wick, filter, or belt inside the humidifier is simple and economical.

Look for a Humidistat

Many humidifiers come equipped with a humidistat. A humidistat allows the device to shut off once it reaches the desired humidity level in the room. This ensures optimum humidity levels inside your room without requiring you to constantly make manual adjustments to your humidifier’s settings
In addition, if your humidifier doesn’t come with a humidistat, consider purchasing one to monitor humidity levels in your room.

Protect Your Humidifier With an Extended Warranty From Upsie

Purchasing a humidifier can make your home more comfortable during the dry winter months. However, there’s no denying that a quality humidifier can be an expensive investment. Humidifiers are prone to damage and early wear. If you would like the peace of mind knowing that your humidifier is fully covered in the event of any damage or malfunction, an appliance extended warranty from Upsie is the perfect choice for you.
With an industry-leading appliance extended warranty from Upsie, you can rest assured that your humidifier is covered if any repairs or replacements are required. For example, Upsie protects humidifiers from mechanical failure, power failure, and manufacturing defects, all without a deductible. Best of all, Upsie’s warranties cost up to 70 percent less than warranties from manufacturers or retailers.
Upsie also offers warranties for smartphones, laptops, and appliances.

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