Humidifiers are great items to add to your Gainsville home. They make it much more comfortable, especially during the winter months when hot and dry indoor air damages your skin so much. Properly humidified air also makes it easier for your indoor air cleaner to remove harmful contaminants from the air circulating through your ducts.
But along with all of their benefits, many humidifiers also make noise when they run. This is definitely something to keep in mind when first examining your home humidifier options. In general, warm mist humidifiers are quieter than cool mist models because they rely on heating to generate water vapor rather than fans. The moving parts of cool mist humidifiers are what generally create the greatest amount of noise.
However, warm mist humidifiers often make noise as well. With a warm mist model, you’re most likely to hear the gurgling sound of running or bubbling water as the humidifier heats the water in the reservoir. To a certain extent, there is no way to stop your humidifier from making some noise when it’s working, although some are definitely quieter than others.
If you are particularly sensitive to noise and want to make sure that your humidifier won’t cause you more aggravation than it’s worth, you may want to consult with an HVAC professional. A professional can give you a rundown of the types of humidifiers available and what you can expect from each of them in terms of noise.
Of course, you may also find yourself dealing with a humidifier that became noisier over time. In some situations, your best bet is to simply go out and get a new one. Many newer models are even quieter than their predecessors, so this is an attractive option for some people. But if you’re not ready to buy a replacement just yet, cleaning out your humidifier is a good step to take.
The excess noise your unit produces may just be the result of buildup around the fan creating friction. Cleaning out the buildup should reduce to normal levels. You also might just need a new fan or motor, which is often a lot cheaper than replacing the entire unit.
No matter how noisy your humidifier is, though, the benefits you gain from owning one far outweigh the cons. Do your research and look for ways to quiet your device down – you’ll be glad you have it when the humidity dips below 20% next winter.