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Learn the common features and uses of each product.
1. Ultrasonic Humidifier
• Uses high-fre q u e n cy energy
to break the water up into
tiny droplets, wh i ch are then
dispersed into the air by a
small fan.
• Quiet and use little energy.
• Has the potential of leaving a sticky
white dust around the house if used with
h a rd tap water.
• Can pose health risks if the unit raises the
level of airborne particles in the air.
• For best results and to prevent pollutants
in the air, use distilled water with this type
of humidifier.
2. Evaporative Humidifier
• Uses a wick and high-volume air to return moisture to
the air.
• The wick is a honeycomb
arrangement of cellulose paper with a large
surface area.
• Operates by partially submerging the wick
in the water while a fan forces air to pass
through the upper exposed area, distributing
absorbed water into the air.
• Wicks will need replacing.
• This type uses little energy and is easy to
clean. Some units can be noisy.
3. Warm-Mist Device
• Uses a heating element to
restore moisture to the air.
• The water surrounding the
heating element is brought to
near boiling and a fan cools and
distributes the moistened air, which is
slightly warmer than room air.
• This type can be used with tap water and
will not cause white dust.
• Can be noisy and consumes more energy
than other types.
4. Impeller Humidifier
• Sprays droplets of water
into the air.
• An inexpensive type of
• Must be used with distilled water or with
demineralizing tablets in the water.
5. Floor-Vent Humidifier
• Replaces standard floor
vent registers.
• Provides humidity for
individual rooms without
the need for a plug-in humidifier.
• Uses a water chamber where homeowners
can add water, which then passes through a
wick filter and into the air when the furnace
cycles on.
6. Furnace-Mounted Humidifier
• Forces dry air from the furnace through a saturated foam
element or plate.
• Connected to the water supply
so it is re filled automatically.
• Another type sprays a fine mist of water
into the heated air.
• Uses an automatic reset humidistat to
adjust moisture output to compensate for
weather changes.
7. Evaporative Coolers
• Sometimes called a swamp cooler.
• Uses ice and cool water to cool
and return moisture to the air.
• Ice and cool water is mounted on
top of the unit. As the ice melts,
cool water flows over a wicking material. A
fan mounted behind the wick creates a cool
moist breeze.
• E nv i ro n m e n t a l ly friendly as it uses little
e n e rgy and contains no harmful ch l o ro fl uoro c a r b o n s.
• Advise customers who will use this product to crack a few windows to prevent moisture build-up on inside walls.
8. Dehumidifier
• Removes excess moisture from
the air by blowing humid air
over cold evaporator coils in a
refrigerator system.
• Moisture collects in a pan, and
the unit will automatically shut off when the
pan is full.
• A humidistat controlling the dehumidifier
will respond to changes in moisture content
and is necessary for efficient energy consumption.
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This section is for retail skills
training specific to this core
product category.
Q: What is the benefit of a humidifier?
A: A humidifier can make a house more
comfortable during the winter months. Cold
air holds little moisture. When it enters the
house and is warmed, the air in the house
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becomes dry. Humidifiers restore moisture
to the air and can make the house feel
warmer, allowing you to use less heat and
thus save energy.
Q: How large of a humidifier should I buy?
A: There are three main sizes of humidifiers. The portable type, or tabletop style, is
intended to service a single room. The console humidifiers can output from six to 13
gallons of water per day, enough for several
rooms. An in-duct humidifier can be
installed in a forced-air heating system.
Q: Why should I use distilled water with
my humidifier?
A: C e rtain types of humidifi e rs such as the
ultrasonic humidifier should be used with
distilled water. If not, the humidifier could
leave a sticky, white dust around the house. It
could also contri bute to elevated levels of
bacteria residue and mold part i cles in the air.
Q: Does the tank size contribute to the efficiency of the humidifier?
A: No. Larger tank sizes merely mean you
won’t have to refill them as often.
Q: Where should I place my humidifier for
maximum efficiency?
A: Place port able humidifi e rs near an inside
wall, p re ferably facing a stairwell. Also keep
the unit at least 6" from the wall for proper
air circ u l ation. Since moist, warm air rises, an
upstairs floor unit will not be as effective.
Q: How can I get the most efficient use
from my dehumidifier?
A: O p e rate the dehumidifier with doors
and windows cl o s e d. Place the unit away
f rom wa l l s , f u rn i t u re and other airflow
Q: How do I know how much humidity my
humidifier is producing?
A: Use a hygrometer. These are inexpensive
and will tell you how much humidity is in
the air.
• Better portable humidifiers feature large,
easy-to-open screw caps for easy tank refilling and cleaning.
• Better console humidifiers will feature a
filler hose that connects to a faucet for tank
filling. They may also have adjustable fan
speeds, a built-in humidistat and an automatic shutoff.
• A furnace-mounted humidifier that is selfcleaning eliminates the need for water additives.
• Quality of dehumidifiers is closely related
to the amount of moisture a unit extracts
during a 24-hour period. A high-capacity
unit can remove 50-60 pints of moisture
during a 24-hour period. Small units only
remove 25 pints of water per day and may
not be able to dry the air satisfactorily all
the time.
• Distilled Water
• Watering Can
• Replacement Wick
• Replacement Filter
• Garden Hose
• Liquid Descaler
Make sure your customers know how to
properly care for their humidifier
• Clean tanks and filters or belts regularly.
• Watch for scale formation in humidifiers.
Mineral scale forms as a residue when water
evaporates. These mineral formations clog
filters, pads and belts to the extent that they
cannot pick up or hold water.
• Mineral buildup can reduce performance
and damage equipment.
• Liquid descalers clean out mineral
buildup. Use them to keep the humidifier
running at optimum performance.
• An alternative to solving the mineral
buildup problem is to treat the water used in
the humidifier. Concentrate water treatment
for console humidifiers reduces scale
buildup and controls mold and mildew
• Liquid descalers and other cleaners are
used to maintain humidifiers. If you normally stock these items in a different department, cross merchandise a few in the
humidifier display to prompt add-on sales.
• Merchandise hygrometers, replacement filters and replacement humidifier wicks close
to the humidifiers.