Cooling system in a NH home

Humidifier Versus Dehumidifier

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We all have varying levels of comfort when it comes to temperature, but for the most part, many of us can only live comfortably at a certain relative humidity. Relative humidity is the humidity that is in the air surrounding us at any particular time and according to Diffen, should be about 30-50% for us to be comfortable.

A hygrometer can be used to measure the humidity to see if there is a need for a humidifier or a dehumidifier to get your home back to where it needs to be. Both items can be incorporated into your duct system to be a central air humidifier or dehumidifier. Though useful, the purpose of each is a bit different.


A humidifier is typical during the winter months when the air is dry and cold. It helps to raise the moisture that is in the air and is generally used when humidity falls below 35%. These help with many symptoms that comes with dry air like dry skin and irritated nasal passages. There are two types of humidifiers usually available for use, either warm mist or cool mist humidifiers.


A dehumidifier is used to reduce the moisture in a space and more commonly utilized in the summer when the humidity level is higher than 50%. A dehumidifier is great for eliminating allergies that many individuals have by getting mold, dust mites, and mildew while making the air feel lighter. When it comes to dehumidifiers, there are five options that you have for your home. These options are the mechanical/refrigerative, absorption, electronic, ionic membrane or makeshift.

When you live in New England, having availability to these household features are ideal throughout every season. These two items are extremely useful to keep a balance that helps you and your loved ones stay comfortable and can be easily installed in your home.

With more questions about heating and cooling, call the experts at Air Design today at 603-883-7197.