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What Does A Whole-House Humidifier Do? - Rick's Heating and Cooling

What Does A Whole-House Humidifier Do?

November 11, 2015

Having the right level of humidity in your home can make all the difference when it comes to being comfortable year round. Humidity levels are important, as too little or too much can cause health troubles that can turn into bigger problems and may do damage to your home.

Too much humidity can cause many problems in the home. First, it will leave your home feeling uncomfortable—you may feel hotter in the summer months, tempting you to turn your AC up. Second, it can contribute to mold growth in your home. Finally, too little humidity can cause dry skin, sore nasal passages, headaches and may warp and damage your furniture.

There is a solution to helping you get the right levels of humidity in your home—a whole house humidifier.

What Does a Whole House Humidifier Do?

A whole house humidifier balances the levels of humidity throughout your whole home. Portable humidifiers add moisture to the air, but they can only work in small spaces and you can’t control the level of moisture within the home. A whole house humidifier uses a tank or tray to hold the water, the system then sends water vapor through your home’s duct system, working in conjunction with your furnace. The main system controls the level of humidity in your home by only allowing moisture when the air is dry this is usually in the winter months.

Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier

A whole house humidifier will allow moisture to enter every room of your home. This moisture will then add these benefits to your home.

  • When the air in your home has the right level of humidity your skin, eyes and nose will feel better.
  • You will be able to breathe better and you can decrease the chances of catching and spreading respiratory infections spreading throughout your home.
  • Your wood furnishings and flooring will be protected from drying out, decreasing the chances of buckling, splitting and cracking.
  • You can also decrease your energy costs. Dry air feels colder than air with moisture in it, therefore you can turn your heating system down and still feel comfortable.

Whole house humidifiers are easy to control and clean, giving you the right level of moisture throughout your whole home.

How to Install a Whole House Humidifier

Installing a whole house humidifier includes connecting the unit to both your furnace and a water source. This water source should be closed by hot or cold water pipe. You will need to cut a hole in your home’s ventilation system, most systems will come with a pre-cut template to follow.

Although you can install a whole house humidifier on your own, it is best to contact an HVAC specialist to install your humidifier. This will eliminate the risk for damage to your humidifier as well as your water pipes and ventilation system.

Contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling for Installation

If you are located in the Cincinnati area, contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling to have a whole house humidifier installed in your home. Contact us online or give us a call to get an estimate!