Whole Home Humidifier

- powered, bypass or steam humidifiers keep you healthier in dry climates.
If you live in Florida, you probably will never need one of these, and might wonder why anyone would. However in the rest of the U.S. when Winter hits, the air is crazy dry. On top of that, we dry it out more by taking it through a furnace, and blasting out even more moisture. A home heating system can make your air dryer than the Sahara Desert....down to around 10% humidity. That isn't healthy for you, your pets or your furniture, paint and instruments.

Powered or Bypass:
If you have static shocks and dry, itchy skin, whole home humidifiers are the answer. There are two primary types of whole home humidifiers: powered and bypass. A Bypass Humidifier is installed before the furnace, on the return air ducting, and has a bypass pipe that is attached to the "warm air" or "supply" duct. A bypass humidifier doesn't have a fan, so it takes the forced air leaving the furnace and uses that to flow through the humidifier. Obviously, if your furnace is crammed in a closet, you might not have room for this setup. A powered humidifier has its own fan which means some electricity used, but they can also out perform a bypass humidifier and don't require the extra installation space. A powered humidifier is mounted on the warm air ducting (never on the cool air return). The image below is an example of a powered humidifier installation.

Indoor Air Quality

Automatic controls: Advanced humidifiers can sample the outdoor air to gauge how they run. A humidifier with automatic control is the best because it will adjust to daytime and nighttime humidity changes. Just because your air needs humidity doesn't mean pumping too much in is healthy either. That introduces other problems. You want a humidifier and control that can keep humidity levels right where they need to be year round.

Another humidifier on the market is a steam humidifier. They can churn through 10-12 gallons of water a day for large homes, but they also required much more power to run. Additionally, for ultra humid climates, whole home dehumidifiers exist to help maintain proper moisture levels.

Whole home humidifiers are tricky to install. If they are not done right you can ruin controls (never mount the humidistat on the hot air return for example), you can loose major performance (if placed on the wrong ducting) and much more. Do your research, but let a pro install it. One technician stated that he has had more business fixing bad humidifier installations than installing new ones. Don't be a statistic!

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