Do Air Humidifiers Clean Indoor Air Pollution?


Air humidifiers do not actually clean out pollutants from your indoor air. However, they do add helpful moisture, and some machines can filter microbes out of the air. The increased humidity in the air can reduce health issues such as chapped lips, dry skin, allergies, and asthma-related concerns. So, while a humidifier may not technically clean your indoor air, you’ll experience many related benefits.

What Are the Other Benefits of Air Humidifiers?

Since an air humidifier increases the moisture in the air at a lower temperature, you could save money on your energy bills. This is because you’ll feel warmer even when the thermostat is set lower. That savings can be a big benefit to the average homeowner. An ideal humidity range for your house is 30% to 50% to avoid irritation or nasal discomfort that can occur with overly dry air.

It’s possible to install a central home humidifier or use a portable humidifier in certain rooms of your home. In either case, you can expect the humidifier will soften your skin, lessen static electricity, allow for healthier indoor plants, decrease the risk of infections, improve the quality of air, and improve sleep quality.

How Are Humidifiers Different?

There are many different options, including ultrasonic and evaporative humidifiers. A breakdown of these is listed below.

Ultrasonic Humidifiers

Ultrasonic humidifiers use high-frequency sound vibrations that can create a super fine mist that’s expelled into the air. These humidifiers don’t typically need a filter to function.

Evaporative Humidifiers

Evaporative humidifiers are the more traditional type of humidifier, and they’ve been around for decades. These humidifiers use the idea of boiling water to produce a mist that adds moisture to the air.

Which Is Better? Ultrasonic vs. Evaporative Humidifiers

Ultrasonic humidifiers are quieter than evaporative humidifiers, and they don’t need a filter like an evaporative humidifier. This can be an advantage since filters are often expensive and costly to maintain. Additionally, if you have pets or children at home, the water tank on the evaporative humidifier could be tipped and spilled. This means it isn’t an ideal choice for all living situations.

What Is Indoor Air Quality and How Can I Measure It?

Indoor air quality is a measure of how clean the air in your home actually is. It can affect your overall health, comfort, and well-being. Poor air quality can result in increased health complications.

It’s hard to gauge the actual air quality in your house without using an indoor air quality meter, which is a smart thing for a homeowner to invest in. The indoor air quality meter has an auto-calibration feature that can measure relative humidity, temperature, and different gases that can be present inside your residence. You can use this data to understand and improve your home’s air quality and increase the general health of your house’s occupants.

How Can an Air Purifier Work With an Air Humidifier?

An air humidifier offers all the benefits discussed above, but it’s different from an air purifier in regard to air quality. An air purifier, instead of adding moisture to the air, is specifically designed to filter out pollutants and ensure that we breathe cleaner air in our homes. This indoor filtration can be especially important for those living in urban areas where dirty air can come in from the outside through doors and windows.

Poor air quality can be caused by a number of issues, including inside contamination, outside contamination, building products, inadequate ventilation, and bio-aerosols. The good news is that air purifiers will clean dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and a number of other substances that are harmful to breathe.

Where Do I Go for Help With All My Indoor Air Quality Needs?

Guaranteed Comfort Heating & Cooling has more than 25 years of experience in the HVAC business. We offer customers high-efficiency equipment and dependable service. Our service team can help you to choose indoor air humidifiers, air quality meters, and air purification systems that will be the perfect fit for your house. At Guaranteed Comfort Heating & Cooling, we have a Windsor Master HVAC License and are fully insured and bonded with an A+ rating from the BBB. Our service areas include Amherstburg, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, and Windsor. Whether you need help with a cooling installation, heating repair, or indoor air quality, you can give us a call today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Chris Egan


Chris Egan, owner of Guaranteed Comfort Heating & Cooling, brings over 35 years of HVAC experience. Dedicated to customer satisfaction, he delivers top-notch heating and cooling solutions.