humidifier vs dehumidifier for baby's room

by Ashley
(NS Canada)

Hello, I have a basement apartment and a 10 month old baby. It was recently renovated and doesn't seem to have any mold problems so far. I have a small dehumidifier that I use sometimes as I was told you need one for a basement apartment. I feel though that they air is sometimes dry and my baby has been getting colds so someone told me to try a humidifier in the bedrooms. Can you use both? I am unsure if I should be using one or both of them. I want us breathing in clean fresh air but I also do not want too much humidity to cause mold or mildew. Should you have a dehumidifier going at all times in a basement apartment and all seasons? Its small so I rotate rooms but it is not always on and I've been putting the humidifier on for a couple of hours a night in the baby's room. It doesn't say much on the directions. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Feb 16, 2014
Air purifier
by: Lisa - site expert

Hi!
An air purifier can help if there is a lot of dust or pet dander in your home. It can clean the air so that it doesn't cause allergies. I'd say it is not necessary unless you find you or your baby has allergies from the air in your apartment.
It can be helpful for cleaning smog out of the air too, so if you find the air quality is bad around your home, then it could be helpful for that as well.
Lisa

Jan 19, 2014
My response
by: Ashley

Thanks so much that helps. I will not use the dehumidifier right now and use the humidifier with distilled water in the bedrooms. What is the purpose of an air purifier? In what case do you need one of those?

Jan 19, 2014
humidifier for baby's room
by: Lisa - site expert

Hi!
Yes, that can be confusing what to use in a baby's room a humidifier or dehumidifier. In the winter months, if you are using central heating, you do not need a dehumidifier as the heat will dry out your apartment enough. Just use the dehumidifier in the time when the heat is not in use so it does not get moldy from humidity.

So, since it is winter and you are likely using the heat, don't use the dehumidifier as you do not want to use the dehumidifier and humidifier together! It is a good idea to have a humidifier in the baby's room, just make sure the window isn't getting foggy from too much humidity. If the baby's window gets foggy, it's too much humidity and you'll want to turn it down. Also, if you are using a "cool mist" or "ultrasonic" humidifier make sure to use distilled water so the baby isn't breathing the minerals from the water (distilled water doesn't have minerals).

Lisa

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