After a long day’s work, we always wanted a cozy and comfortable environment to come home to so we can relax and unwind with our loved ones in our safe place. In fact, a home with improves comfort can help promote peaceful rest and sleep, reduce stress, raise our productivity, as well as help you rid common problems like dry skin and poor respiratory health.
Good news is, through modern innovations (and a little research and basic installation), your HVAC system will be able to provide you and your family with optimum performance and comfort.
What is a Whole-House Humidifier?
A whole-house humidifier is a supplementary accessory to an HVAC system, usually to a furnace, that is designed to add moisture in the indoor air to make it more comfortable, especially on cold seasons where is usually drier. A whole-house humidifier works by making the air right from the ducts more humid before it is efficiently blown off into all your home’s living areas. Like your indoor temperature, the level of humidity can also be monitored and controlled through your thermostat.
Whole-House Humidifiers Vs Portable Humidifiers
A whole-house humidifier is more convenient in a sense that you don’t have to purchase nor maintain multiple portable humidifiers at different rooms. Since it treats the entire home, you don’t have to worry about varying humidity level in different living areas, as well the need to transfer the humidifier from one place to another.
In terms of maintenance, whole-house humidifiers are a better choice since they are directly installed to a water source, eliminating the need to always fill it with water so it can keep on blowing off vapor. Also, unlike portable humidifiers that need to be cleaned and maintained repeatedly, whole-house humidifiers only require check up once every year. You can do it with your annual furnace tune-up.
Read this full blog to know Why You Need To Tune-up Your Furnace Before Winter and how you can do it yourself.
Benefits of a Whole-House Humidifier
A whole-house humidifier tied with your furnace will provide optimal humidification throughout your entire house. A warm and humid air can effectively boost indoor comfort especially during low-temperature season.
With a whole-house humidifier installed, your furnace does not have to work as hard as it should to provide you and your family the same amount of warmth and comfort. Without a humidifier, your thermostat will feel it’s necessary to keep the furnace running because the air feels dry and cold. Thus, a whole-house humidifier improves your furnace efficiency and will help save a significant amount of energy money in the process.
General improvement in the family’s health will be gained from installing a whole-house humidifier. It is especially recommended to households with asthmatic occupants and those prone to aerial allergies. A humid healthy indoor air can reduce symptoms of common ailments like common cold, sore throat and cough, hence it helps boost respiratory health and general wellness as a whole.
Dry air can cause damaging effects like extreme dry-outs and ruinous cracks to your home’s structure and fixtures such as your wood flooring, cabinets, furniture, paint, artwork and electronics. It can also increase unpleasant static cling and build-up. These can all be kept at bay with a properly moisturized air. In fact, balanced humidity level can even increase the lifespan of your home’s structure and fixtures.
Types of a Whole-House Humidifier
There are 3 main types of a whole-house humidifier. Learn how it each works and differs with one another so can choose the one that will best suit your furnace, your home, and your specific needs.
Bypass humidifiers are installed on bypass ducting. It operates together with the furnace as it uses the furnace own blower motor to pull the warm air from the furnace to pass through a water panel to get moisturized and to be circulated out into the home to add moisture to the air.
Fan-powered humidifiers have built-in fan so it can work whenever needed and even when the furnace is not running. It’s operation process does not hugely differ with that of a bypass humidifier, however, it is more efficient to use since it gives more humid resulting air since circulated air passes across an internal water panel before it is blown out the room.
This type of humidifier produces the highest level of humidity among all types, but it also needs more power to function. It works by boiling water to create steam which mixes with the furnace’s circulating air. The heated and moist air will then be sent through your home’s ventilation system. Steam humidifiers are not installed together your furnace, hence it can operate whenever needed.
Maintaining A Whole-House Humidifier
Like any other household device, a humidifier is also prone to common wear and as mentioned above, you will need to have it checked and cleaned at least once annually. This will prevent mold and bacteria buildup, and repair foreseeable issue that may cause serious problems in the future. A well maintained humidifier will continue to perform efficiently so you can live peacefully and comfortably everyday.