Whole House Humidifier
Throughout the mid Atlantic winter means cold temperatures, coughs and sniffles, and dry skin. Your skin is not the only thing that suffers from the dry air that winter brings. Temperatures feel colder with less moisture in the air. Less humidity also makes it easier for germs to move around. The solution to this problem is a humidifier. While many homes have small, one-room humidifiers in bedrooms, upgrading to a whole-house humidifier is the way to go. Request a free estimate from 360 Air Tech and make your home more comfortable today!
There are 4 types of whole-house humidifiers, 3 of which work with a pre-existing forced-air HVAC system. They all operate differently but do the same job – introducing moisture into your home to combat the dry air brought by winter.
- Flow-through or Moisture Pad Humidifiers – These humidifiers need to be connected to a water source but there are no moving parts and they do not need an electrical source. Flow-through humidifiers operate through the use of an evaporation pad. Water is soaked up by an evaporation pad. The furnace provides hot air, that flows over the evaporation pad. As the water evaporates off the pad, the air flowing from the furnace picks up the moistened air and carries it through the ducts, to distribute in the rest of the house. The cost for a flow-through/moisture pad humidifier is between $150 and $500, depending on which model you choose.
- Drum Humidifiers – Drum humidifiers require both a water and an electrical source. Similar to the flow-through, drums use a pad to moisten the air, but it is a little more complex. A tray is filled with water and a drum sits on the tray, resting slightly in the water. The drum rotates and water goes through a pad or sponge into the drum. As the water enters the drum it turns into vapor because of the heat. Heated air provided by the furnace flows through the drum and carries the moisture throughout the home, through the air ducts. Drum humidifiers also run between $150 and $500, depending on the model.
- Steam Humidifiers – These will also need a connection with water supply and an electrical source. Water is heated until it turns into steam . The steam is then added to the HVAC’s air flow and sent through the ducts to increase moisture in each room. Of the 3 whole-house humidifiers that operate with an HVAC system, the steam humidifier is the most expensive. Steam humidifiers cost over $1,000.
- Stand-Alone Humidifiers – If your home does not have an HVAC system, you can still install a whole-house humidifier. The previous 3 humidifiers rely on the forced air and ductwork of a pre-existing HVAC system to supply moisture and move it throughout the house. A stand-alone humidifier can be used, with fab units installed throughout the house to disperse the moistened air.
Whole-house humidifiers are the way to go to keep your home and your loved ones comfortable and healthy. There are tons of benefits provided by humidifiers. They prevent airborne viruses from spreading, stop snoring, prevent dry skin and nosebleeds, help your home feel warmer, and even stop wood damage – such as cracking and loose joints.
Instead of purchasing small humidifiers for each room, invest in a whole-house humidifier. You can have comfort throughout your home, without the hassle of manually refilling each individual humidifier. The coldest, driest parts of the year are just around the corner. Get in touch with 360 Air Tech today to discuss which whole-house humidifier would be the best fit for your home.