Do I Need a Humidifier or a Dehumidifier?

The temperature in your home is one of the most important parts of the climate. However, humidity can often be equally as important. Here is how you know if you need a humidifier or dehumidifier.

Air Is Too Dry

If the air is too dry, you need a humidifier. It’s very easy to tell when the air is too dry. Individuals with underlying health conditions such as asthma and allergies might be coughing uncontrollably. It will also feel like you are living at a high elevation although without the lack of oxygen. If you’re constantly applying skin products such as moisturizers, this is a serious sign that your air is too dry, and a humidifier is a better solution.

Air Is Too Moist

If the air is too moist, you need a dehumidifier. High humidity levels feel like you are walking around inside a rainforest. You’ll be sweating regardless of the temperature, and your clothing might stick to your skin. Down in your basement, you might notice puddles of water forming at seemingly random locations. Your pets will also be sweating and consuming much more water than usual.

Ice Cube Test

One test that is great for reaching a conclusion is the ice cube test. Put a couple of ice cubes in a cup and add water. Let it sit for a few minutes. If condensation forms around the rim of the glass, you have some humidity in your air. If condensation doesn’t form, there’s a good chance your air is too dry, and you need a humidifier. Perform this test in the daytime and nighttime to compare results.

Installing Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

Depending on the humidity level in your home, you may need either a humidifier or dehumidifier. A professional company such as Littleton Heating and Air Conditioning in Littleton, CO, is a great resource for installing these products. We’re also experts in indoor air quality products, heating installation and cooling maintenance. Please don’t wait to contact us if your home’s humidity isn’t just as you like it!

Meet the Author
Darek Buczysnki
Darek Buczysnki

Darek Buczysnki is the proud owner of Littleton Heating & Air Conditioning and has over 35 years of experience in the HVAC industry.