Whole House Humidifier Installation & Repair Services
Thanks to the weather, the need for home humidity increases during the heating season. Air naturally dries out as the seasons change, and as it does, you and your home suffer. Humidifiers are the easiest way to increase the moisture level indoors, along with your health and comfort.
The optimal humidity levels range between 30 and 50 percent. The humidity levels normally drop during the winter for several reasons. The wind shifts from the south to the north throughout the cooler months, which is a much drier air flow than the summer months, when it’s pulling in tropical moisture from the Mexico and Central America. Home heating also dries out the air because warmer air holds more water vapor. As temperatures rise, humidity levels falls.
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How Does A Humidifier Work?
There are two major types of humidifiers: portable and whole-house systems. Portable humidifiers are small units typically used in individual rooms to provide relief from colds or respiratory illnesses. There are four types of portable humidifiers:
- Cool Mist Humidifiers
- Evaporative Humidifiers
- Ultrasonic Humidifiers
- Vaporizing Humidifiers
Although the way they deliver more moisture differs, all share the need for frequent refills, cleaning and careful placement on the furniture or floors. Each uses electricity, although the amount varies based on size and type.
Whole House Humidifiers
Whole-house humidifiers attach to forced-air HVAC systems and deliver moisture through the ducting. The three most common kinds used in homes are bypass units, fan-powered, and steam. Steam humidifiers are the most expensive to purchase, install and operate. Bypass and fan-powered units use evaporation to increase the indoor humidity. They are the least expensive to install and operate.
A bypass whole-home humidifier works by including an absorbent pad inside your ducts. When the furnace runs, air goes through this wet pad or panel and it picks up extra humidity. Bypass humidifiers are the least expensive choice and easy to set up.
Fan-powered humidifiers function just like bypass humidifiers except that a fan-powered humidifier uses an individual fan that draws air through the evaporative pad or water panel. These humidifiers attach to the air handler. They are an affordable choice that outperforms bypass humidifiers in terms of the amount of moisture they’re capable of delivering daily.
Steam humidifiers work by heating water in a small, electric burner until it evaporates into vapor. The furnace’s blower distributes the steam vapor through the ductwork, and the air quickly absorbs it. These humidifiers are the most effective way to boost the amount of humidity in the air, although they’re the most challenging to install and expensive to operate.
Most homeowners opt for the fan-powered humidifier. It offers a good deal of value for its final price, doesn’t require any wiring and maintenance is limited to cleaning a few times a year. The HVAC installation team taps into your home’s plumbing to supply the water and drain the excess.
Benefits of Humidifiers
- You’ll feel warmer. Humid air feels warmer because the moisture on your skin won’t evaporate as quickly. Water uses tremendous amounts of heat energy to evaporate and when it comes from your skin, it makes you colder. When the humidity levels are ideal, you feel warmer even with the temperatures are cooler.
- Your home’s furnishings and valuables won’t dry out. Wood is one of the most vulnerable materials to low humidity, especially products made from veneers, which probably constitute a fair amount of the furniture and cabinetry in most homes today. Solid wood floors will shrink, as will musical instruments made from wood. Picture frames may crack or their seams break apart. Pianos may need tuning before and after the contraction cycle.
- Your skin will be healthier. Chapped skin is painful and requires frequent applications of moistening lotion. It can also crack around the lips and fingertips.
- You’ll be less inclined to catch viral and bacterial infections. Dry air evaporates the protective coatings around bacteria and viruses, making it easier for them to infect you, which is why winter is always the cold and flu season.
Best Whole-House Humidifiers for 2018
The Aprilair 500 tops our list for convenience and effectiveness. This unit sits next to the air handler or furnace and supplies a measured amount of humidity whenever its humidity gauges indicate you need more. Its fan runs exceptionally quietly and it’s low maintenance. Instead of using an absorbent, fibrous pad, it uses a network of wires that won’t collect water sediments.
The Aprilair 700 offers more capacity compared to their 500 model which is rated for 3,000 square feet. You can humidify up to 4,200 square feet the Aprilair 700 Automatic Humidifier attached to your HVAC system. Besides working in conjunction with your air handler it provides complete control over the humidity level with its programmable functions that also display the temperature and humidity levels.