A note on humidifiers from Nathan Zassman:
During the winter months heating our homes results in dry air that can irritate the lungs and nasal passages, increasing our susceptibility to respiratory infections, dry skin and discomfort. Aviva carries Air-O- Swiss / Boneco humidifiers, the state of the art in this category. Air-O-Swiss has both evaporative and ultrasonic models. Ultrasonic models can add humidity more quickly than evaporative designs, and they can also be adjusted with their built in humidistat, allowing you to select the desired humidity. Evaporative models automatically reach a humidity level of 50%, as long as the unit is properly sized for the room.
Humidifiers that utilize ultrasonic technology are prone to causing white dust on surfaces near the humidifier. The white dust is mineral deposits from the water, as the humidifier is ionizing the water with minerals, unless you are using distilled or reverse osmosis water to fill the unit.
To help minimize this problem, Boneco includes a "demineralization" cartridge, which is designed to absorb the minerals and prevents or lowers the level of white dust. Another issue common to humidifiers is the potential for fungus or bacterial growth inside the unit. Boneco integrates a special silver component that prevents fungal or bacterial growth.
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Ultrasonic Home Humidifiers
Dry winter air increases our susceptibility to colds, flu, and respiratory problems, and contributes to snoring, chapped lips, dry skin, and itchy eyes. Low humidity levels can also cause sinus headaches and nosebleeds. A quality ultrasonic humidifier from can help you sleep better, soothe your scratchy throat and nasal passages, and even help you lower your heating bill.
Air purifier, humidifier and combi-systems allow you to breathe freely when you are indoors. Good air: you can be sure that harmful substances and odors have been removed from the air. Good air: you can be sure that the air is properly humidified during the cold season. Good air: it lifts you higher!
Improving your quality of life - you love these moments, when the breath of wind plays with your hair giving you back a lightness that seemed to be long lost, when the daily routine falls behind with every breath you take, and all life's burdens dissolve into thin air. However, often dry, dusty, and contaminated air causes a lot of discomfort.
Nature knows how to deal with such situations. To provide life with fresh impetus, cleaning rain sweeps everything away, fine dust or pollen, and humidifies the air in the most natural way. Man and nature breathe a sigh of relief. But who will provide us with healthy air indoors, as especially during winter we stay in enclosed rooms most of the time? Dry air scratches our health.
The effects inflict great discomfort on us: sneezing and coughing, affected vocal chords, reddened eyes, dry skin. The good news is with our help, you can change that. The advanced air treatment systems by Air-O-Swiss with innovative technology provide individual solutions for a healthy indoor climate. Thus, you improve your well-being significantly.
Our products meet the most diverse needs. Breathe yourself free. Air-O-Swiss: improving your quality of life.
How to Choose a Humidifier
By Kristie Leong
With temperatures dropping, it's more important than ever to increase the humidity in your home. Studies have shown that most homes are far too dry which can cause damage both to your home and to your family's health. Are you wondering if your house is too dry? Place a small humidity gauge in one of the rooms of your house. If it reads less than thirty percent, you need to add humidity to your home.
Choosing a humidifier to add to your home not only increases the comfort level in your house but also prevents damage to walls, wallpaper, and wood floors. Plus, humidified air is thought to reduce the incidence of bacterial and viral infections as well as allergies. If you're convinced that your home could use a little humidity, here's how to choose a humidifier:
Decide what size humidifier you need.
Humidifiers come in a variety of sizes. The least expensive option is a tabletop model and is generally only going to be effective to humidify a single room in your home. These generally run under $100.00. There are two general types of tabletop models, each with its disadvantages. The warm mist model is expensive to operate, while the evaporative model tends to be noisy. If you need to humidify multiple rooms, you can choose between a console unit or an in-duct humidifier. The console unit can be found for between $100 and $150, but tend to be a bit noisy. The in-duct units are quite inexpensive to operate making them very energy efficient, but the up front costs can go up to $300. Plus, professional installation of these units may be required. If you don't want to go to the trouble of maintaining a tabletop or console unit, opt for the in-duct humidifying unit which doesn't need to be refilled and needs a filter change only once every six months.
Consider the noise factor.
If noise is an issue and you only want to humidify a single room, you may want to opt for a warm mist tabletop humidifier. The majority of the evaporative units are quite noisy, although some people find the noise they emit to be relaxing.
An in-duct units are a more expensive option than a tabletop unit, but they are very low maintenance and don't need to be cleaned or disinfected on a regular basis. Plus, they can humidify multiple rooms. Ultimately, if your house is excessively dry, this may be the best option.
Consider the important features.
If you choose a tabletop model, be sure that it's easy to move, refill, and clean. You'll also want to consider how much space the humidifier will take up in your home. Another important feature is the humidstat. A humidstat is important for keeping the humidity levels from climbing too high and allowing moisture to form on windows and other surfaces which can be harmful to wood floors.
It pays to shop around and do some online price comparisons when choosing a humidifier. Knowing how to choose a humidifier will help to keep your home comfortable and healthy throughout the long, dry winter.
Health Disclaimer. Copyright Ⓒ2008-2016. Published with permission. Dr. Kristie Leong is a freelance writer and is not affiliated with avivahealth.com.
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