Whole Home Humidifiers
The dry climate of St George, Utah combined with the drying effect from running a furnace can leave our skin and eyes feeling dried out.
Did you know that running your furnace can deplete the moisture that is in the air, resulting in dry skin, dried lips, dry eyes, nosebleeds, even cracked woodwork? And as referenced by Vicks (the cold medicine manufacturer), a dry environment allows the flu virus to live longer.
If you are concerned with the dryness that living in St George, Utah can pose to your health and well being, consider the benefits of a whole home humidifier.
Put moisture back in the air through cool mist or steam with a whole house humidifier.
Whole house humidifiers operate automatically once the humidity level is set.
Bypass, Fan & Steam Whole House Humidifiers
The bypass whole house humidifier, fan powered humidifier, and steam humidifier are three of the most common humidifier types.
Bypass Whole House Humidifiers
Bypass whole house humidifiers are quiet and less mechanical than other types of whole house humidifiers. Using a water soaked medium, air from the furnace circulates through creating moisturized air, which is then recirculated into the air ducts.
Operates more quietly than models that contain fans.
Less opportunity for malfunction because of less moving parts.
Because the bypass whole house humidifier requires the furnace to operate it is not as efficient as models with fans.
Through the process of creating water vapor some heat is lost in the process.
Fan Powered Whole House Humidifiers
Fan powered humidifiers can produce more humidity than a bypass humidifier as they have a built in fan to blow air across a water soaked medium or pad.
A gallon more humidity can be produced by a fan powered humidifier in comparison to a bypass humidifier.
Having a fan makes this type of humidifier more audibly noticeable.
Steam is generated by heating a canister of water with an electric heating element. The steam is delivered into the furnace and then circulates throughout the house.
Steam humidifiers are cleaner and helps to avoid bacteria growth. Because steam humidifiers produce their own heat they can be more efficient than alternative humidifiers.
They have an initial higher cost and can cost more to maintain.
What You Should Know About Whole House Humidifiers
Yearly maintenance is recommended by manufacturers. Most homeowners will be able to do the maintenance themselves. A basic cleaning and replacing of the water soaked medium/pad is recommended once a year. However, if you have a steam humidifier, we recommend having a professional handle the yearly maintenance for your safety. Steam humidifiers may also periodically need their canister (steam producing tank) and probes replaced.
Monitor the Humidity Levels
It’s important to monitor the level of humidity in your home. Too little humidity can lead to dry skin, dry eyes, and even cracked woodwork. Too much humidity can lead to mold growth. A humidistat is a great tool to have for monitoring your humidity levels. Many humidifiers come with humidistats.
Are you thinking about purchasing a whole home humidifier? Give our HVAC technicians at Black Diamond Heating and Air a call today!