Category Archives: Humidifiers

How Summer Air Humidifier Use Is Beneficial

How Summer Air Humidifier Use Is BeneficialMost homeowners know that using an air humidifier is beneficial during the winter, when the humidity level falls outside and running a heating system dries the indoor air out even more. What you may not know is that humidifying the air in your home may be necessary in the summer too, when your heat pump or air conditioner is operating.

The Relationship Between Humidity and Your Cooling System

The HVAC equipment used to cool your home removes heat indoors and sends it outdoors. In the process, it extracts airborne moisture too. If the equipment is efficient at dehumidifying the air, and it’s running daily for extended periods, your indoor humidity level can drop too low. If this occurs, having a humidifier added to the HVAC system can allow you to select a desired level right at the thermostat. Whenever the humidity level falls below what you’ve selected, moisture gets added automatically into the cooled air coming from the registers.

Humidifying your home in the summer can also let you:

  • Avoid discomfort and illness. The bacteria and viruses that cause the common cold, flu and respiratory infections thrive when the air is dry, so you’ll reduce your exposure when your home is properly humidified. You’ll also experience fewer health and comfort issues, like sinus problems, sore throats, headaches, brittle hair and itchy skin.
  • Protect the structure and its contents. When your cooling system is drawing too much moisture from your home’s air, the paint, wallpaper, drywall, wood floors and trim can begin to shrink, warp and crack. A lack of sufficient humidity in the air can also damage your wood furniture and valuable possessions like artwork, musical instruments and books.
  • Avert static electricity damage. Another issue that develops in dry conditions is static electricity. By maintaining the humidity level, you’ll avoid unexpected and irritating shocks, but you’ll also preserve any items with a semiconductor from being irreparably damaged — such as your computers, cell phones, televisions and gaming consoles.

To learn more benefits of using an air humidifier in your Portland-area home during the summer, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Improve Comfort by Installing a Humidifier in Your Home

Improve Comfort by Installing a Humidifier in Your HomeEven in our humid climate, a furnace can dry out a home’s air and cause a number of problems over the winter. One of the best remedies for an overly dry indoor environment is a humidifier.

Adding humidity to the home eases respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and rhinitis, and other problems such as dry skin and chapped lips. Slightly humid conditions also make a home’s occupants feel warmer, so that the homeowner can turn down the thermostat a few degrees during the winter.

In addition, low humidity in homes damages wooden floors, furnishings, and musical instruments by drying them out and causing cracking.

For best results, aim for balanced humidity between 30 and 50 percent.

Installing a Humidifier

A whole-house humidifier, installed in your HVAC system, is the best way to maintain proper humidity. The appliance emits water vapor into the air through the ductwork, while the system monitors and controls the level of moisture. It uses water from the home’s plumbing system, so there’s no need to buy distilled water. Generally no maintenance is required other than cleaning out the tank a couple of times a year to remove mineral deposits.

Portable Humidifiers

Although a whole-house humidifier does a better, more efficient job of humidifying a home, some homeowners may opt for a portable or console model. These can be moved from room to room. They require refilling and frequent cleaning of filters to guard against mold and bacteria buildup.

Following are some popular types of portable humidifiers:

  • Warm mist: A heating element boils water, releasing it into the air as warm steam. It makes the room feel warmer than a cold mist type.
  • Cool mist: A wick filter absorbs water in the base of the appliance, while a fan blows dry air through the filter, causing the moisture to evaporate into the air.
  • Ultrasonic: These quiet humidifiers employ high-frequency sound waves to vibrate a metal diaphragm at an ultrasonic frequency, breaking water down into a fine vapor mist.

For more on installing a humidifier, contact Roth Heating and Cooling. We’ve served Portland residents since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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Balanced Humidity in Your Portland Home: Here’s How You Achieve It

Balanced Humidity in Your Portland Home: Here's How You Achieve ItHaving balanced humidity is important, especially for Portland area homeowners who experience extreme moisture during summer and excessive dryness during winter. When indoor environments have too much or too little humidity, it can cause potential health problems, damaged possessions, and overall discomfort indoors. Maintaining balanced humidity plays a major role keeping a healthy and comfortable home. Continue reading

Leaky Humidifier? Here’s What May Be Causing the Problem

Leaky Humidifier? Here's What May Be Causing the ProblemWhile it’s not an uncommon problem, if you have a leaky humidifier, it’s probably because it hasn’t been properly maintained. Regular maintenance of your whole-house humidification system can ensure that all of the parts are in good working order and that it will operate as efficiently as possible, which also saves you money. By understanding the potential causes for your leaky humidifier, you may be able to easily take care of the problem yourself, as well as understand when the task is best left for the pros. Continue reading

Whole House Humidifiers Can Increase Your Winter-time Comfort

Whole House Humidifiers Can Increase Your Winter-time ComfortWhen you want to increase your comfort, save money on heating your home and improve your health, consider a whole-house humidifier. When the air dries out in the fall because you’re heating it, it feels cooler, increasing your need for heat. Dry air also promotes the growth of bacteria and viruses and is exceptionally hard on your home and its contents.  Continue reading

How To Size A Humidifier: 2 Factors To Consider

How To Size A Humidifier: 2 Factors To ConsiderIn the winter, the air in your home tends to be drier than at other times of the year, typically because you’re running your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system’s heating components. An effective way of dealing with the many problems that dry air can cause is with a properly sized whole-house humidifier. Continue reading

Stung By Static Electricity? Humidify Your Home

Stung By Static Electricity? Humidify Your HomeWinter in northwest Oregon can be electrifying … and not in a good way. The dry air produced by forced-air furnaces during the winter months can cause a buildup of static electricity that causes little sparks whenever you touch anything. It’s annoying at best. At worst, that static energy can wreck havoc on your computer and other electronic devices. Continue reading

Whole-House Humidifiers Extend Comfort And Savings, Where Portable Units Fail

Dry winter air can wreak havoc on a home. While low humidity levels can cause a home’s floors, wood trim and furniture to dry and crack, the people in the home typically fare much worse. Dry, itchy skin and irritated nasal passages leave many homeowners feeling uncomfortable this time of year — and there are indications that low humidity levels can complicate issues like allergies and asthma. Continue reading

Before You Upgrade Get A Load Calculation

If you’re in the market for new heating and cooling equipment, it’s important to choose a system sized correctly for your needs. Load calculations can determine your heating and cooling requirements so you don’t wind up with a system that is too big or small to keep you comfortable. Incorrectly sized systems can reduce efficiency and comfort, while increasing maintenance and operating costs. Unfortunately, some research indicates that over 50 percent of contractors don’t take the time to correctly size HVAC systems for their clients.

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Whole-House Humidifier Care Tips

A whole-house humidifier can do a great job of balancing the humidity in your home. However, if not properly maintained, your humidifier can cause discomfort — and even create health problems. By taking the correct steps to keep your unit working properly, you can ensure that the indoor air quality in your home stays at a healthy level. Continue reading