HOW LONG SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER STAY ON?
If you are planning to run a humidifier anywhere in your home for the first time, you probably have a few questions about how to do it properly.
One of these questions might be how long you should run your humidifier for in order to get the best benefits…
Humidifiers work by dispelling water into the air and adding moisture to either the whole house or a single room. This added moisture combats the negative effects of dry air on your body. So, in order to get the most from your humidifier :
There is no single answer but here are the factors to consider to find out what’s best for you:
WHEN THE HUMIDIFIER IS USED
Do you use the device mostly during the night or the day? Many people find that running a humidifier overnight is more than enough to help ease the dry air around them. This is usually the time period in which you will be staying still for the longest and it is also the time when proper breathing and comfort are most important to many people.
An average humidifier should be able to run for the entire night on a low to medium setting although some more advanced models can last on high for the entire night.
HOW DRY YOUR AIR IS
If you air is drier, you may need to humidify your home more consistently. During particularly cold and dry winters or in desert environments you will find that your home’s air is dry almost all the time. For this reason, you might consider running the device not just at night but also during the daytime for as long as possible.
This will help to eliminate your dry home air but you will need to make sure you are filling up the water basin or tank of the humidifier consistently if you want to enjoy the full benefits of the device.
THE LEVEL OF HUMIDITY VERSUS DESIRED HUMIDITY
Whether or not you live in a dry area, some homes experience variations in humidity levels compared to their neighbors. Homes that are well insulated might be able to retain a proper humidity level better than those homes which are not insulated properly.
If your levels of relative humidity are vastly lower than they should be, it’s possible you will have to not only run a humidifier but also keep it going for longer than others. Leaving your device on high for a few hours may dramatically increase your humidity levels. Maintaining the proper levels will require more consistent use at a lower setting or else sporadic use at high levels.
SIZE OF THE TANK
One of the measures to determine how long you should be running your humidifier is how large a tank it has and how much water can actually fit in the device. This will affect how long it is capable of running at one time. If you think your home needs more constant humidification, you should get a device with a larger water basin. Otherwise, a small to medium device will be fine for most single rooms.
WHOLE HOUSE VERSUS ROOM HUMIDIFIER
There are two different options about how to install a humidifier into your home. One is to install a whole house system which works through the ventilation system alongside heat or air conditioning. The other is to get a freestanding or tabletop device which will release humidity steadily from a set location.
Keep in mind that some humidifier types, such as evaporative humidifiers, have self-regulating characteristics that will help you to make sure that if you do run it too often you will not be causing any problems with excess moisture.