The cold winter months also bring lots of dry air. And if you’re feeling especially uncomfortable inside and outside your home this winter, it may be tempting to blame the cold. But along with that cold winter air also comes dryness. If you’ve noticed that your house has been exceptionally dry this month, it may be time to consider installing a whole house humidifier.
What is a Whole House Humidifier?
Many homeowners who experience dry air in their home opt for a portable humidifier to help combat the dryness. A portable humidifier plugs into the wall and helps to control the humidity in one room. A whole house humidifier does the same thing for your entire house. These handy systems attach to your home’s ductwork and blow moist air throughout your house to combat the dry air outside. While your furnace is heating your home, the humidifier is also working to humidify the air as it blows through your ductwork.
How is it Installed?
A whole home humidifier is installed directly in your ductwork, typically near your furnace either on the supply or return end. The unit is then connected to your home’s water supply, which helps the unit produce the humidity it needs to operate. Inside the humidifier is a humidifier pad or steaming system that distributes the water through your home’s air. When the air in your ductwork passes through the humidifier, it collects the moisture inside. That moisture then evaporates into the air and increases the moisture level of the air that comes into the rooms in your home.
Is There Additional Maintenance Involved?
A whole house humidifier requires very little maintenance from the homeowner. Some units require an annual filter change or cleaning, which can be done during your annual HVAC system check-up.
Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier
There are a variety of benefits to installing a whole house humidifier in your home! In addition to helping prevent respiratory problems during the winter months, humidifiers also help reduce your family’s chances of catching or spreading common winter illnesses. These humidifier systems also help to make your home more comfortable by increasing the moisture in the air. That means your family is less likely to experience dry skin, scratchy throats, or allergy symptoms that are common during the winter.
On top of offering your family members a host of benefits during the winter, a whole house humidifier is also beneficial to your home. Adding additional moisture to your home’s air during the winter months will help keep your home’s hardwood floors from cracking, walls from warping, and paint from chipping. This type of system can also help you reduce your energy bills by adding humidity to your home, making it feel warmer inside and allowing you to keep your thermostat at a lower setting throughout the winter.