The Ultimate Humidifier Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Stop slathering yourself in lotions and creams. If you have chapped winter skin, a humidifier may be the solution to your woes. Take this quiz to learn how a humidifier can improve the comfort of your home and save you money on your heating bill.

When was the basic home humidifier patented?

Henry J. Barnes of Boston, Mass. received a patent on Aug. 31, 1897, for designing a type of steam humidifier to be used with a heating register that was mounted to the floor.


Dry skin can be caused by which level of humidity?

Low humidity can dry out your skin and mucous membranes, making you feel itchy all over; using a humidifier can help alleviate these problems.


What is the ideal level of humidity for inside your home?

For optimum indoor comfort and health, the humidity level should be about 45 percent.


What's the term for the amount of moisture in the air?

The amount of moisture in the air is referred to as relative humidity.


What happens when the relative humidity is 100 percent?

When the relative humidity is 100 percent, water will not evaporate. Real-world examples of this are frizzy hair and a clammy, damp feeling to your skin.


Which tool measures the humidity level in your home?

A hygrometer measures relative humidity, and it's an inexpensive way to monitor the comfort of your air.


What will the humidity level inside your home probably be when the outside temperature is freezing?

Relative humidity may fall to 20 percent inside when the outdoor temperature is at or below freezing. A humidifier can increase it to a more comfortable level.


How does low humidity cause creaking sounds in the home?

As wood dries out from lack of moisture, wood can shrink and crack, causing floors and stairs to creak.


What causes sparks to fly when humidity is low?

Low humidity can increase the likelihood of a buildup of static electricity. Keep the sparks from flying by increasing the humidity.


Why is a humidifier good for the family budget during colder months?

Less humidity makes the air feel colder than it actually is. Adding humidity is more cost-effective than raising the heat.


What is a simple way to humidify your home?

Hanging a wet towel near a heating duct is a simple and cost-effective way of increasing humidity.


Which of these is a popular type of humidifier?

The four most popular types of humidifiers are steam, impeller, ultrasonic and wick/evaporative.


How much does an inexpensive steam humidifier cost?

Also known as vaporizers, steam models can be found for about $10 at discount stores.


Why should families with children be cautious about steam vaporizers?

Steam vaporizers can cause burns, so be cautious if you choose this type of humidifier.


What is a concern of impeller and ultrasonic humidifiers?

Impeller and ultrasonic humidifiers require frequent water changes, as stagnant water may contain bacteria. A high-end unit with an antibacterial feature may be the best choice.


Which surfaces in your house are NOT affected by low humidity?

Low humidity affects not just your skin and mucous membranes, but also dries out wood floors, walls and ceilings. Using a humidifier can help protect your wooden furniture from cracking, too.


What does an ultrasonic humidifier create?

An ultrasonic humidifier creates a cool fog and operates without a sound.


What does a wick/evaporative humidifier have in common with a candle?

A wick/evaporative humidifier uses a cloth or foam wick to draw water out of a tank. A fan then blows over the wick, which adds moisture to the air.


Static electricity can shock you when you touch what type of material?

Ouch! Touching metal objects when humidity is low can release static electricity. Touch a nonconductive surface such as plastic or wood to avoid the shock.


How can you humidify your entire house?

Large humidifiers can be connected to the central heating and cooling system of a home, but portable humidifiers can do an excellent job of making small spaces more comfortable.


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