Differences Between Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers

Differences Between Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers

In Northern Virginia, our local climate experiences both dry and humid conditions. Depending on the time of year, you may need the help of a humidifier or dehumidifier. The recommended humidity level for the average home is between 35 and 45 percent. Keeping your home’s levels within this range ensures a comfortable and healthy environment while protecting your home from damage caused by excessive dryness or humidity. 

A professional can gauge your home’s relative humidity level and help assess your needs. At Argent Heating & Cooling, we offer expert humidifier installation along with reliable maintenance services to improve you and your family’s comfort inside your home. Our HVAC installation and repair company has assisted the Washington D.C. Metro area for over 30 years, and we are dedicated to providing knowledgeable and efficient service to each of our clients. 

Keep reading to understand the differences between humidifiers and dehumidifiers and how each can benefit your health and home.  

Climate and Seasonal Use

Humidifiers are suitable year-round for drier climates or when heating your home for seasonal use during the winter, which contributes to dry air indoors. 

Dehumidifiers are ideal if you reside in an especially humid or muggy climate or for use in the summer when the air is warmer and more humid. 

Benefits to Health

By emitting steam into the air to increase moisture levels in your home, humidifiers can help relieve congestion from colds, the flu, and sinus infections. They can also prevent skin from over-drying and alleviate symptoms of dry eyes, eczema, itchy skin, dry nasal passages, or cracked lips caused by dry air, allergies, or asthma.

On the other hand, dehumidifiers help prevent allergies, as many allergens or allergy triggers like dust mites, mold, and mildew favor humid environments. Rooms frequently exposed to steam, water, or poor air circulation like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements are vulnerable to allergen growth and can be improved with a dehumidifier to decrease moisture.

Reduced Energy Costs

Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help reduce energy costs in your home, but in different ways. Studies have shown that humidifiers can cause air to feel warmer, as sweat evaporates more slowly with more water in the air. In light of this, you may be able to comfortably turn down your thermostat in winter months, conserving energy and saving money. 

Additionally, dehumidifiers can help control energy costs by enabling your air conditioner to work more efficiently. By removing moisture from the air, the dehumidifier makes it easier for your air conditioner to maintain a cooler temperature, which saves energy while also limiting wear and tear on your air conditioning system. 

Argent Heating & Cooling: Professional Humidifier Installation in the Washington D.C. Metro Area

Could your home benefit from a humidifier or dehumidifier, or do you require repair on your current system?  Trust the experts at Argent Heating & Cooling to assist you. Our highly trained technicians provide skilled humidifier installation and will help you determine which system is the best fit for your home. 

With over three decades of experience serving residents in the Washington D.C. Metro area, we are dedicated to keeping your indoor air in optimal condition to ensure you and your family’s health and comfort now and in the future. 

Contact us today at (703) 982-0110 to learn more about our services and to receive a free evaluation.