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When you heat your home in Kinston, North Carolina, its relative humidity can drop dramatically. The decrease can result in extremely dry household air, which leads to dry noses, throats, lips and skin. A home humidifier can help counteract dry indoor air conditions, but with many types available, how do you know which one is the right purchase for you? Learn what a central, console or portable humidifier can do to make the air inside your home more comfortable.

Central Humidifiers

Central humidifiers are built into heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. These types of humidifiers work by moisturizing air as it leaves your HVAC system. Central humidifiers require professional installation by a certified HVAC service techncian, or you risk inefficient operation and an eventual breakdown.

Console Humidifiers

Console humidifiers come in cabinets that sit on the floor. These types of humidifiers offer greater capacity and efficiency in single rooms, since these spaces tend to generate significant amounts of moist air. Prices for console units range from $100 to $300, depending on the manufacturer.

Portable Humidifiers

Portable humidifiers are smaller units that are easy to move for spot humidifying. While portable units vary in size, you’re limited in how much space you cover. Prices for portable humidifiers can vary by manufacturer, from $20 for a small tabletop-size humidifier to $100 for a larger unit.

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Humidifier

When choosing a humidifier for your home, consider your needs. Do you need whole-house humidification, or are some areas more problematic compared to others? How much are you ready to spend on a humidifier? The answers to these questions can help you decide which type makes sense in your home.

For more information about humidifiers and arranging an indoor air quality assessment for your home, contact J & J Mechanical’s service technicians at 855-800-1341.

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