The humidity level of the air in your home is very important. Dry air can be problematic for you and your house. It’ll cause dry skin, nosebleeds, sore throats and congestion. Allergens, such as dust, dander, and pollen, move more freely through dry air. Viruses survive longer in a dry climate, meaning you’ll be sick for longer in a dry house. Your furniture will start to crack along with your paint, plaster, and moldings. The best available solution to this is to have a humidification system in your home. Humidifiers keep the humidity level in your home at a proper level and keep your skin hydrated, your respiratory system clear, and your furnishings intact. You also don’t want too much humidity or mold will begin to develop and cause another litany of problems. That’s why you want complete control over the system.
Bypass humidifiers take warm air from the home’s ducts and passes it through a water panel. The air absorbs the moisture and is sent back into the house through the air stream. They can be installed on the supply or return ducts of the air handler. Ideally, we’d drain through a floor drain but there are drainless bypass humidifiers available that recirculate water and minimize water usage.
Fan-powered humidifiers also have water panels. However, they have their own fan that blows air across the water to increase the rate of evaporation. They can produce a gallon more of humidity than a bypass humidifier each day. The electricity required to power the fan is equal to that of a 25-watt light bulb. They don’t need a duct to operate, which means they’re good for small spaces.
We recommend the electric steam humidifier. The water is heated with electricity until it boils. The steam travels through a hose into the air handler ductwork The fan picks up the moisture and sends it through the vent system and into the whole house. These humidifiers are the fasted and most efficient method of maintaining a comfortable and appropriate level of humidity in the home.