For a person to be comfortable in their home, it is very important to create an appropriate atmosphere. For good health, it is necessary that there is always clean air in the room. Its main component is the percentage of moisture. Before purchasing a humidifier, the operating time of which depends on the volume of the room, you need to know in advance what indicators are considered standard for air humidity. Moreover, these values are not the same. In each room, they are very different from each other.
For a residential building, the normal percentage of humidity must be in the range of 45-65%. A special hygrometer is used to measure the humidity level. Today it is used quite rarely since it is already installed in modern humidifiers.
Can i leave humidifier on all night?
If it becomes difficult for a person to breathe, he has a dry cough, the device can be left on overnight. Even a few hours of work can help relieve a coughing fit.
Note! Always remember that each device is different in its functionality. Very often, insufficient power is the reason for using the device for a long time.
In the summer months, humidity is always low. The reason for this phenomenon is considered to be the high temperature, which evaporates water particles from the air. Therefore, the operation of the humidifier in the summer should be up to 24 hours.
With the onset of cold weather, heating begins to work in the houses. The air is getting drier. Therefore, the device should work as long as possible.
During the transitional seasons, rains become frequent in autumn and spring. Dampness may begin to form in the room. To exclude its appearance, turn on the device until the humidity level becomes normal.
The optimal time is considered to be the time during which the required moisture level is reached. The duration of operation directly depends on the type of device. The best is considered a humidifier, which automatically stops its functioning after reaching optimal parameters. The operating time of the device depends on the model, type of room, and area. To achieve the desired humidity, the humidifier must be operating:
- constantly in winter;
- in dry weather;
- about two hours.
The room must contain plants that love high humidity. Opening hours also depend on the volume of the room. The more, the longer the humidifier works.
Сan humidifier make you sick?
If you are using a humidifier, constantly monitor the humidity level and keep the humidifier clean to avoid unwanted effects. Adequate technical support of the device will allow you to achieve the necessary parameters and avoid the growth of harmful mold fungi and bacteria in the room. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor before purchasing and using a humidifier. A specialist can give recommendations regarding the peculiarities of using such devices for your disease.
In addition, a humidifier can help relieve symptoms of a cold or other respiratory condition. But be careful, humidifiers can make you sick if not cared for properly or if humidity levels remain too high. A dirty humidifier can breed mold or bacteria.
High humidity in a room leads to the formation of condensation on walls and other surfaces, which increases the growth of dust mites, bacteria, and mold. These allergens lead to respiratory diseases, exacerbate asthmatic and allergenic manifestations. Filtered air purifiers help reduce the spread of mold spores before they start growing on other surfaces. Once the mold has started to grow on a certain surface, it is very difficult to remove it. In advanced cases, mold can cover very large areas, and staying in such rooms is a health hazard.
Remember that the humidifier must be switched on as needed. With its constant operation, supersaturation of the atmosphere of the house with humid steam can occur.
If this happens and the air humidity is excessive:
- It will become harder to breathe indoors, like in a greenhouse or steam room.
- Inhabitants of wet apartments will be prone to rhinitis.
- The windows are fogging up, crying.
- A black coating of fungus appears in the corners, and mold settles on the walls.
- In a humid warm environment, microorganisms that cause various diseases feel great.
- High humidity is the enemy of drywall. This popular finishing material quickly degrades and becomes a fertile breeding ground for mold and mildew.
- It is in a humid room that ticks appear.
The microclimate must be protected from waterlogging by a special sensor – a hygrometer and a hygrostat, which will turn off steam spraying in time. There are devices in which a hygrometer is built-in. This is convenient, but it must be borne in mind that measurements are made in the immediate vicinity of the case, which means that an error is possible.
In addition, it is important that the humidifier is adapted to the size of the room. In rooms that are too large, insufficient device performance will leave distant corners and areas that will suffer from lack of moisture.
Don’t try using a humidifier instead of an air conditioner to cool off on a hot day! If there is the summer heat, a saturation of the air with steam will only exacerbate the problem and dramatically increase the load on the heart!
What are the benefits of a humidifier?
An ideal microclimate is inextricably linked with a normal level of humidity.
For a person and materials at home, both dry air and too humid are equally undesirable.
A humidifier itself is not a medical device or a remedy for the treatment of acute respiratory infections. But the normal humidity in the room has a beneficial effect on the state of the body.
In the heating season, the humidity drops sharply and without additional tweaks, it will not be possible to maintain its acceptable level.
The humidity rate in the nursery is 40 – 70%. For colds 50 – 70%. In other rooms 40 – 60%
To understand how useful it is to maintain a normal moisture indicator, you need to find out what the deviation towards overdrying leads to:
- Drying out of the mucous membranes: sore throat, coughing, nasal congestion, nosebleeds;
- The insufficiently moisturized mucous membrane of the eye leads to redness, increased eye fatigue (this is especially important when working on a computer because it has been proven that a person blinks less often when looking at a monitor).
- Lips are chapped, the skin becomes dry, burrs, peeling, cracks appear. Additional cosmetics are required to keep the skin in good condition.
- Everything around becomes very electrified: clothes, bedding, hair, rugs, pet hair.
- Dry air can cause headaches, fatigue, and irritability.
- Sleep is disturbed.
- Allergies worsen.
All factors together lead to a general weakening of the body, a decrease in immunity. Any infections are easily “attached”, households are more likely to get sick with acute respiratory infections.
For allergy sufferers and asthmatics, dry air is categorically contraindicated! The concentration of foreign particles in it (dust, wool, pollen, etc.) is much higher than in a normal atmosphere.
Dry air contributes to the accumulation of static electricity not only in the surrounding objects but also in the human body itself. And this, in turn, causes vascular tone, fatigue, changes in the nervous system, fatigue. Sleep worsens and irritability increases.
So, all these harmful effects can be avoided if the water balance in the air is equalized with a humidifier.
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By maintaining normal humidity in the apartment, you take care not only of the health of your household but also of the building materials of the house.
Dry air is the hardest for wood. Floorboards, frames, furniture, wall cladding, etc. shrink, crack.
Dryness also affects painted surfaces. The paint clicks off faster, cracks, more often you have to refresh the repair.
Drywall in dry air loses strength and becomes more brittle. The same effect is applied to plywood.
Also not very fond of dryness and concrete. A poor-quality concrete surface can “dust”, that is, the top thin layer will crumble.
Dry air is not so terrible as sudden changes in dampness and dryness! The tree tends to absorb moisture and swell; when dry, it shrinks. As a result: loosening of fasteners, rusting of nails, loosening of connections, creaks, and cracks.
Optimal operating conditions for the device
For the first time, the device can be turned on indoors at room temperature (5-30 degrees). The humidity level should not exceed 80 percent. The device is installed on any horizontal surface to which there is free access. The evaporation efficiency will be much better if the humidifier is located next to a heat source such as a radiator.
When you need 24/7 hydration
The 24-hour mode is used only in certain cases:
- too low humidity level;
- low power;
- there are many moisture-loving plants in the room;
- regular ventilation;
- summer months.
When choosing a model, you need to pay attention to the volume of the tank and the performance of the product. The more you fill, the longer the device will work.