Humidifiers can be a great investment in home with forced air or central heating. They keep the air breathable and prevents your skin from drying, especially in winters. However, as great they are, can a humidifier cause water damage?
In a single word, YES humidifiers can cause water damage to your home. Nevertheless, it is important to note this mostly happens with whole-house humidifiers.
Whole-house humidifiers are installed alongside the furnace and produce moisture, which is then disturbed throughout the house along with the forced air. Water damage occurs when condensation starts to form on the inside of the window, starts accumulating on walls.
If this adjustment is not done, the temperature will get imbalanced between the interior and exterior of the home, which lead to buildups of condensation at night. Managing these models can help to prevent condensation and moisture problem, but it does need to be done a few time a day.
New models have automatic sensors built in, to accommodate temperature fluctuation, so it is good to invest in a newer model to get relief not from changing the settings multiple times a day, but the risk of the humidifier causing water damage to your home.
Single Room Humidifiers
Single room humidifier has low inclination to cause wide-ranging water damage through the home, but they need to be cared properly or else they can create the same problem as whole house humidifiers.
To prevent the water damage from occurring, the manufacturers recommend changing the water and the filter on daily basis. You should clean your humidifiers at least twice a week using a mixture of water diluted with hydrogen peroxide. Manufacturers also recommend filling the humidifiers only when you are going to use it. Storing water into it encourages molds, mildew growth, and spread spores into the air when used.
The merits and demerits of Home Humidifiers
Just like most of the things, there are merits and demerits to have a humidifier in your house. Whether or not the pros outweigh the cons will ultimately come down to a personal choice.
Demerits of Humidifiers
Extreme humidity can be problematic in house because the added moisture offers the perfect environment for molds and mildews to grow. Overtime, additional moisture can also soak into wooden objects, and can cause damage to upholstery and furniture, lead to mold and mildew growth, and will affect your health. The EPA recommends that the level of humidity stay below 50%.
The easiest way to fill your humidifier is filling with tap water. However, taps water comprises of minerals that are dispersed into the air when the humidifier is used. These minerals settle on certain areas and look like white dust. Although this might appear harmless, inhaling this dust can trigger health problems.
Merits of Humidifiers
Humidifiers have a lot of benefits, that’s the reason they exist in first place! They can prevent wood floors from cracking. It can make easy breathing for the people who have respiratory problems and can prevent nosebleeds and dry mouths.
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