Have you experienced that muggy, heavy feeling that fills the air where it seems everything is damp yet it is hot, your hair is frizzy and the air is uncomfortably sticky? Well if you have, the air in the place where you have experienced this feeling must have been too humid – too much water vapor in the air. This is usually the case in tropical regions or if you are on a coastal area. The tropics usually have high relative humidity, a technical term which means the ratio of water vapor to the fixed amount of water in the air.
The atmosphere needs humidity at the right level to support plant growth. In places where the relative humidity is somewhat low, humidifiers are used. Humidifiers are used to set the humidity of the place from a total zero to higher one. This is important to control the hotness of the place by providing the right moisture to help alleviate the evaporation of water portion of the place giving a problem to much hotness. A/C systems make use of humidifiers to increase the level of water in the air, adding far better moisture to supply better humid temperature. There are greenhouses that are using humidifiers to help flora grow in the right order.
There is one problem though, when humidity seeps into your home, it can make rooms feel stuffy and perhaps even smell musty. Beyond these superficial discomforts, too much humidity can have some more serious disadvantages too. A very humid home can lose its structural quality; excess humidity can be quite horrific, dust mite populations increase causing problems for allergy sufferers; condensation forms on windows, water pipes and in extreme cases even on the walls causing paint to blister and wallpaper to peel; metals will begin to rust and wood will warp causing doors and drawers to stick; condensation in electric items may cause irreparable damage, and can even be dangerous; musty smells can develop, and eventually mold, mildew and fungus will appear. These can be damaging to your health.
A typical home in which the temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit, the relative humidity should come between 30 and 50 percent. If your home is not within this norm, a dehumidifier may come in handy. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air, improving the comfort and health of your home.
Air conditioners automatically act as dehumidifiers. In as much as air conditioners operate in the same basic way as dehumidifiers, window units are often used as dehumidifiers by sending their exhaust back into the room instead of outside. This produces the same result as using a dehumidifier with a room atmosphere that is much less humid but slightly warmer.
In the food industry, humidifiers and dehumidifiers are a common component of their operation. They use these equipments to alter the temperature of their work areas to alleviate both the superficial hotness and coldness.
Both of these equipments are useful in a home not only for environmental reasons but also for health purposes. Adding either of the equipment to your house will surely be beneficial to you, your family and your property.
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