For most, humidity is associated with the hot and sticky feeling that summer in Pennsylvania can bring. However, a certain level of humidity is
necessary to keep your indoor air balanced and healthy. Dry air is not only uncomfortable but can be harmful to both your health and your home. Whole home humidifiers can significantly improve you indoor quality and keep your HVAC system running efficiently.
Honeywell Steam Humidification System
What is a Whole-Home Humidifier or “Central Humidifier” as it is referred to by HVAC professionals?
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A humidifier’s primary purpose is to moisturize the air around it using water vapor. Most consumers are familiar with the portable or tabletop models, which are intended to humidify a single room or area. Their capacities are limited, and often inefficient. However, a whole-home humidifier is wired in with your home’s heating and cooling system and then hooked up directly to your plumbing. This permanent piece of equipment allows you to humidify the entire house at once while operating your furnace or heat pump. This offers several benefits to homeowners with hot air furnaces & forced air systems:
- Low Maintenance (especially compared to tabletop models)
Good news….you won’t have to hassle with refilling your humidifier because it is hooked up directly to your plumbing system! This supplies your unit with an unlimited supply of water to be circulated in as needed. In addition, no supply tank of standing water is needed so there is a smaller chance for bacteria buildup spreading into the air. This equipment is extremely user friendly and requires minimal oversight for the homeowner. The amount of moisture needed to satisfy the necessary level of humidity is controlled directly by humidistat. It is as easy as set and go!
- Increased Health & Comfort
Do you suffer from nose bleeds, itchy/dry skin, or chapped lips? Overly dry air can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms and can lead to dry nasal passages, sore throats, and cracked/itchy skin. Not to mention, the electric shock that happens as you move throughout your home. Lack of humidity can also negatively impact your health. Many viruses thrive in low humidity environments increasing your chances of getting a cold, flu, or viral infection. Putting moisture back into your home’s air will help reduce your risk of falling victim to these systems and will increase you overall comfort during time spent indoors.
- Long-term Savings
Dry air in your home makes the air temperature feel cooler than that of humidified air. Because of this, you often need to set your thermostat higher to reach the same comfort. Having a whole home humidifier will allow you to keep the thermostat at a lower temperate, saving you money on your energy bills. It also keeps your furnace operating less frequently to achieve the same level of comfort, minimizing stress on the unit throughout the winter months. Dry air can also wreak havoc on porous surfaces around your home. Wood furniture and floors will dry out and crack if the air is too dry. By adding humidity, you can prolong the life and health of these surfaces and avoid costly replacements.