When it comes to indoor comfort, humidity is just as important as temperature. Does the air feel overly dry in the winter? If so, you could benefit from having a whole-house humidifier installed.
What Are Whole-House Humidifiers?
In general, humidifiers work by adding moisture to the air. This is desirable in the winter when moisture levels drop as the temperature outside goes down and your heating system is used more frequently.
The difference between a portable humidifier and a whole-house version (also known as a “whole-home humidifier”) is that your entire home can benefit from evenly distributed moisture. You also don’t need to refill a basin with water because whole-house humidifiers are linked into the plumbing system.
Plus, whole-house humidifiers measure relative humidity levels to prevent over-saturating the air. This is important because too much humidity can be just as problematic as too little humidity.
How Much Do Whole-House Humidifiers Cost?
Various brands manufacture whole-house humidifiers. As you might expect, they come in a variety of sizes with different features and capabilities. At Rick’s Heating & Cooling, we offer some of the best whole-house humidifiers on the market manufactured by Aprilaire.
The Aprilaire Model 500 with manual humidity control starts at about $130, though installation costs vary based on your specific application. Prices also increase if you want automatic control. This humidifier has an evaporation capacity of 0.50 gallons per hour and is able to humidify homes up to 3,000 square feet.
The Aprilaire Model 600 with manual humidity control starts at about $135. Again, installation costs vary and prices go up for automatic control. This humidifier has an evaporation capacity of 0.70 gallons per hour and can humidify homes up to 4,000 square feet.
Benefits of Whole-House Humidifiers
Dry air is detrimental to your health and comfort. By adding a whole-house humidifier to your home, you benefit from ideal humidity levels. These benefits include:
- Lower chance of getting sick, since bacteria and viruses don’t thrive as well in moderate humidity conditions as they do in overly dry and overly humid settings. See below for more information regarding the health benefits of whole-house humidifiers.
- Lower energy bills, since higher humidity makes the air feel warmer so you can set the thermostat back a few degrees without discomfort.
- Improved comfort, since ideal humidity helps prevent itchy skin, bloody noses, sore throats, dry eyes and painful static shock.
What Do Whole-House Humidifiers Help Prevent?
Whole-house humidifiers can help prevent many illnesses and relieve other physical ailments, including:
- Dry or bloody noses
- Sore throats
- Dry, cracked, or itchy skin
Whole-House Humidifier Installation in Ohio
If you want to learn more about keeping your home at a comfortable humidity level, contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling for whole-house humidifier installation in Maineville, Morrow, Lebanon, and surrounding areas.