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What’s the Difference: Comparing Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

What is the difference between a dehumidifier and humidifier? That is the question on a lot of consumer minds with the changing of the seasons. While the names of the appliances are a giveaway of their function, it is good to know how using each will impact your home. This article will cover the differences between humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

Humidifier for Beginners

Humidifiers work to do just what their name implies, to add humidity to an environment. Humidity is a measure of the air moisture, so you can think of this as adding moisture or water to a room. By adding moisture to the air, the temperature will cool slightly. Although winter is already cold, the air is arid during the season and humidifiers are often used to combat the desert-like environment that can occur when heating a home.

Dehumidifier 101

Dehumidifiers work to pull moisture and water out of the air, which is opposite the task of humidifiers. Rooms without windows or proper air circulation can feel damp from excess moisture and can ultimately be the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Using a dehumidifier in these damp rooms helps lower the moisture concentration and prevent the fungus from growing. Dehumidifiers also help combat the musty smell that often accompanies these rooms.

Different Uses, Different Seasons                         

Dehumidifier and humidifiers are both great appliances to have in your home but work best during opposite seasons. If you live in a hot and humid climate, then summer is going to be the biggest culprit of altering your home’s humidity. Using a dehumidifier in the summer can not only help lower your home’s humidity but also alleviate symptoms from allergy sufferers. Many people are allergic to mold and mildew, which cannot grow without moisture.
On the flip side, humidifiers work best when you want to increase the humidity of a room to combat dry air. Winter brings cold temperatures and heating your home can bring dry air. Similar to summer, this hits allergy and asthma sufferers the hardest. Using a humidifier in the winter can help alleviate symptoms from those who are sensitive to dust. Additionally, using a humidifier can also help relieve symptoms of congestion that often accompany the common cold.

Dehumidifiers and humidifiers come in all shapes and sizes to help you reach the climate you desire in your home. Be sure to do your research when buying to make sure you purchase the most efficient model for your needs. If you have questions about your dehumidifier or humidifier, don’t hesitate to contact Doc’s Appliance Service. Our professionals are here to provide a reliable service. Give us a call today at 800-726-7130.
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