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Humidifiers: 4 mistakes to avoid

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Humidifiers: 4 mistakes to avoid

Is the air in your home particularly dry? Are you looking for a humidifier to improve your comfort? If so, there are several elements to consider. First, you should know that there are two main kinds of humidifiers: portable and central. Central humidifiers connect directly to your home’s air duct system. As a contractor specializing in installing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in Montreal, the team at Confort Expert has put together a list of four mistakes to avoid when choosing your humidifier.

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1. Not evaluating your needs
If you want to purchase a portable humidifier, you must consider the capacity of the water tank. This will determine how often you need to refill it. For example, it’s a good idea to choose a portable humidifier that can humidify the largest room in your home to avoid frequent refills.

However, if you want to invest in a central humidifier, you must determine the total square footage to be humidified. You must also inspect your current ventilation and heating system to ensure you make the right choice.

2. Ignoring the location
Before purchasing a portable humidifier, you must carefully consider where you’re going to put it. For example, avoid locations near air outlets and areas that are easily accessible to young children.

If you want to buy a central humidifier, the location of your air duct system will determine which model is best suited to your needs. There are two types of central humidifiers on the market: water curtain and steam. Both systems use your furnace’s existing ventilation to distribute humidity throughout your home.

3. Not using the correct settings
Depending on the season and your personal preferences, the ideal indoor humidity level in your home should be between 35 and 45 per cent. It’s important to know that air that’s too dry or too humid can cause damage your home and negatively impact your health. For example, dry air can crack wooden furniture and lead to dry skin. However, too much humidity can lead to mould and cause respiratory problems.

Moreover, some central humidifiers automatically control the humidity level in your home. Therefore, all you have to do is make suitable adjustments. However, it’s a good idea to turn off your central system during the summer months.

4. Not following maintenance instructions
Humidifiers come with detailed maintenance instructions that tell you how to clean the unit, when to replace certain parts and other essential information. Neglecting regular maintenance can cause bacteria and mould to grow inside the unit, which can become allergens when released into the air. Our technicians are trained and equipped to thoroughly clean your central humidifier and ductwork.

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Are you ready to choose a humidifier and have it installed by professionals? As a specialized HVAC contractor in Montreal, the technicians at Confort Expert have the expertise and experience to ensure your home is safe and comfortable. Contact us today for a free estimate.


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