I’m Buying a Humidifier. What Do I Need to Know?

Living in a home with too much humidity can be unpleasant. Everything feels swampy and you find yourself dealing with mold and mildew.

But your home needs some humidity for things to be hospitable. When the air gets too dry, you’re faced with issues ranging from chapped lips to damaged wood furniture.

Ideally, the humidity level in your home should be anywhere between 30 to 50 percent, with an optimal level right in the middle of that range, 45 percent.

And one of the best ways to achieve the right humidity level is by installing a humidifier.

If you’re only experiencing dry air in one room, you may be able to get by with a room humidifier. These units are compact, easy to move from room to room and can typically operate for up to 24 hours before needing more water.

But if you need to add moisture to more than one room – or to your entire home – you may want to consider a whole-house – or whole-home – humidifier, also known as a furnace humidifier.

This is a humidifier that is installed directly into your heating and air system. It works like this:

  • Air from your ductwork enters the humidifier and is exposed to the water inside
  • The water evaporates, moisturizing the air flowing out of the humidifier and into your home
  • Your thermostat controls humidity levels, which ensures an even level of moisture circulates through your home year round
  • This water vapor regulates your home’s humidity and prevents harmful minerals from getting into the air

The benefits of installing a whole-house humidifier include:

1. Lower energy bills

Dry air can make your home feel colder than it actually is. The opposite is true as well: adding humidity to your home can make things feel warmer.

And that can allow you to turn down your thermostat. According to the EPA, every degree you lower your thermostat can shave four percent off your heating and air bills.

2. It protects your property

Dry wall cracked not enough humidity in home

We all know the sort of troubles mold and mildew can bring to your home. But dry air presents a whole different sort of threat.

A lack of humidity can damage paint, plaster, wooden floors, electronics and furniture. If you own an experience piece of artwork or a cherished musical instrument, one dry season is all it takes to cause irreversible harm.

But with a whole house humidifier, you’ll prevent these unfortunate scenarios, while keeping yourself and your family comfortable in the process.

3. The right humidity level keeps us healthy

Woman with cold virus

Dry air is bad for your property, but it’s also not great for you. Viruses thrive in environments lacking in humidity (it’s why we tend to get sick more often in winter). Dry air can also aggravate chronic conditions like asthma or allergies, leading to itchy skin and/or sore throats.

But with a furnace humidifier attached to your heating and air system, you can reduce your chances of feeling ill when the air outside is dry.

Are you thinking about adding a whole house humidifier to your heating and air system? Turn to All Seasons Comfort Control.

We service and install these devices and sell humidifiers from numerous trusted brands, including American Standard.

If you’re already a customer, we’ll be happy to install a humidifier the next time we perform heating and air service at your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.