A whole-house humidifier works with your HVAC system to deliver moisture throughout your home. With the exception of steam, they all operate off of the same basic principles. When your humidifier is turned on, water accumulates inside of an internal tray or evaporator pad. Air is then passed over these trays to gather moisture. It is then pushed into your home’s ductwork for distribution. A discussion of the benefits of central humidifiers and a quick breakdown of some major types follows.
Installing a whole-house or furnace-mounted unit has the following benefits:
Bypass humidifiers are the least expensive and most popular of the central humidifiers. They work by taking warm air from your ducts and passing it over a water tray. This allows the air to collect moisture before it circulates back through your home. This system can be installed on the supply or return side of your unit. Unlike options lower on this list, this one does not require a separate power source but relies on your furnace’s blower motor to operate.
Power humidifiers— also referred to as fan humidifiers—use an internal fan to pull air across their internal water panels. This allows them to operate independently of a call for heat. They produce humidity more effectively than a bypass unit—typically around a gallon more a day. The sound of the fan, however, can be loud and their internal fan means they can’t fit easily in tight spaces.
Need to humidify a 4000-square foot house in Littleton? Steam humidifiers use electricity to boil water and release it in the form of steam. The ventilation system then picks up these heated vapors and distributes them throughout your home. Faster and more efficient than the other two types, they’re the best way to keep your home at an ideal humidity level.
Keeping proper levels of moisture in your home makes it easier to live comfortably. At Elkhorn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we care about your indoor air quality and want to take steps to help promote your family’s health. Call us at (303) 975-8809 today for more information on how a whole house humidifier can help make your home a healthier, happier place.