As October comes to an end and November arrives, the air is bound to turn even colder and drier than it has been. Low humidity can be just as much of a problem as high humidity, and unfortunately, this year that problem becomes much more pressing given the ongoing pandemic crisis. By installing a central air humidifier, you can help slow the spread of coronavirus. Here’s what you should know!
Typical nuisances such as static electricity shocks can be minimized by the use of a central air humidifier – although this does not sound important, your business will likely see a sharp uptick in the amount of foot traffic inside your facility – and carpet friction can lead to small shocks that are still painful. Also, your employees won’t be complaining about dry skin, messy hair, itchy eyes, and sinus problems. Allergy symptoms are bad enough – poor indoor air quality can make them worse. Recent research has proven that increased humidity can weaken the virus’s membranes and cause the droplets to dissipate more quickly.
What Are Central Air Humidifiers?
Now then, let’s proceed to talk about central air humidifiers themselves. Central air humidifiers are responsible for injecting some humidity into the air around them; 40-50% humidity is enough to achieve this effect. These systems contain a humidistat, which is a counterpart of the thermostat. The humidistat reacts to how much moisture there is in the air, both for your home and your workplace. Moisture in the form of water vapor is distributed throughout your building whenever necessary – and this is where the HVAC system enters the picture. The central air humidifiers also rely on other components such as the furnace, the HVAC ductwork, and the plumbing system.
Comparing Central vs. Portable
Portable humidifier units are another option that you can incorporate into your home or business. The central unit can monitor and control how much humidity is present in the entire structure, but portable units can only do this for the room in which they are placed. Central systems require less maintenance; the reservoir used by portable units need to be refilled every day. Central systems tend to be quieter and are kept out of sight and out from underfoot. Plus, central air systems are much more energy-efficient.
However, portable systems can be taken from room to room as you move around. These units can be useful for anyone who has severe allergies and can be a great solution for buildings without central air.
Crockett Facilities Can Help!
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