Friday, 15 January 2016
You may be familiar with a space or room humidifier, but did you know you can get a whole-house humidifier? This is a device that gets mounted to your furnace's hot air supply. Warm air is sucked into the humidifier, where it absorbs moisture. Then, the now moisture-rich air is passed back through the vents of your home.
Whole house humidifiers offer several advantages compared to room humidifiers:
Convenience: They condition the whole house evenly with a single unit, so you do not have to have space in every room to plug in and setup a separate room humidifier. Plus, furnace humidifiers are typically plumbed directly to a water line, so there is no need to constantly clean and refill a water reservoir, as is required with a room humidifier.
Maintenance: Maintenance is easy with a furnace humidifier: just have it checked and filter changed once at the start of each heating season.
Safety: Because there is fresh water plumbed into a furnace humidifier, water doesn't sit around to accumulate mold. Also, with room humidifiers, there is always the danger of someone tipping the unit over and splashing water everywhere.
Control: A furnace humidifier can be controlled by a humidistat, which is a device similar to a thermostat that allows you to adjust or set the desired humidity output. This is a great way to avoid air that is too dry or too moist with a simple dial, panel or switch. Some units actually replace your existing house thermostat with a single, integrated humidistat/thermostat.
Types of Whole House Humidifiers
There are many types of whole-house humidifiers:
Important Tip: If you have two HVAC units in your house one upstairs and one downstairs you only need a single furnace humidifier on your downstairs unit, since humidity rises.
Costs for a furnace humidifier range from $350-$500 including installation. Although some are marketed as do-it-yourself, we recommend calling a professional, since a water line and electrical line may need to be run for the humidistat and fan. Call Interstate AC Service for help at 615-832-8500.
Posted on 01/15/2016 1:14 AM by Tony Anderson
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