The moisture levels in your home play a big role in how comfortable you feel. There are two main systems that can balance those levels for you: humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Both units work in tandem with the rest of your HVAC system to ensure maximum comfort but at different times of the year. Below, New Berlin Heating & Air Conditioning explains the difference between humidifiers and dehumidifiers—and the benefits of each. Have questions? Call us for more information at 262-784-8889.

What Does a Humidifier Do?

The main difference between humidifiers and dehumidifiers is how they handle the moisture levels in your home. A humidifier adds humidity to your home air. Ideally, your home’s moisture levels should fall between 30 and 50 percent. It might seem simple, but in winter, it’s easy for humidity to fall below that range as air gets drier the colder it gets. When this happens, you’ll notice some of the following signs:

  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Increased throat irritation or coughing
  • Static electricity

Fortunately, installing a whole-home humidifier can significantly help reduce these problems.

What Does a Dehumidifier Do?

A dehumidifier has the exact opposite function of a humidifier. It removes excess moisture from your home air. This is usually an issue during the summer months—when the temperature is high, the air also tends to become more humid. Not only can that lead to your discomfort, but it can also affect your home by causing:

  • Musty odors
  • Mildew stains
  • Excess condensation in the home
  • Warped wood or furniture

A whole-home dehumidifier eliminates these issues for you by controlling excess moisture and draining it using your house’s water pipes.

How Can These Systems Benefit You in Other Ways?

Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help:

  • Alleviate ailments such as allergies, asthma, and congestion
  • Keep you feeling more comfortable
  • Your furnace and A/C run more efficiently, leading to energy savings

Maintain the Perfect Home Moisture Levels With New Berlin Heating

Now that you understand the difference between humidifiers and dehumidifiers, take the next step and balance your home moisture with help from New Berlin Heating. Our experts offer a variety of other indoor air quality solutions and will help you find the right system based on your budget and needs. Call us today to get started at 262-784-8889 or contact us online.