Dry air in your home can cause a number of comfort issues, such as sore throat, dry eyes, and dry and itchy skin. Even worse, many viruses also thrive in the low-humidity environments that exist in many homes during the heating season.
Addressing these health and comfort issues can be particularly important if you have a young baby in the house. Babies often have more delicate skin are more prone to infections and viruses. Proper humidification in the nursery is something every parent should consider.
Room or Whole Home Baby Humidifier?
Room humidifiers, otherwise known as tabletop or portable units, only treat the air in the immediate vicinity of the unit. If you’re considering a baby humidifier, chances are the air in your entire house is dry and other family members are uncomfortable as well. And no one in the family, baby included, stays in one room all the time.
Other advantage of a whole-home baby humidifier versus portable include:
- Less Maintenance: Water must be added to a room humidifier almost daily and standing water in the unit’s tank can pose a health risk of its own. Whole-home units only require a seasonal change of the water panel
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Unlike a room baby humidifier, whole-home solutions are installed directly into your home’s central heating and cooling system, so they are located in a furnace closet or basement. Room humidifiers must be placed in an open, visible space in the area that is being humidified, and usually require access to an electrical outlet.
- Quiet Operation: While whole-home humidifiers use the furnace fan to circulate humidity, room humidifiers must use their own fan, which can be as noisy as a portable air conditioner. Aprilaire humidification solutions are virtually silent.
- Energy Efficient: A room baby humidifier may use more energy to humidify a single room than whole-home units require to control humidity in the entire house. All Aprilaire humidifiers are designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind.