Whole-House Humidifiers vs. Portable Humidifiers

August 21, 2014

Humidity, in excess, can cause damaging mold, mildew, fungus, and dust mites.  Too much humidity can ruin household items such as books, furniture, shoes, clothing and leather items, and cause your HVAC system to work overtime, driving up energy bills, and shortening the life of your HVAC system.

The lack of humidity in your home can be just as detrimental, causing allergies, dry skin, and static, which can affect electronic devices and cause shocks.  The wood in your home (furniture, floors, and fixtures) will suffer as well, from lack of humidity.  The drier the air in your home, the more difficult to heat.

A home humidifier can help maintain the perfect balance for your home’s humidity.  Both whole-house and portable humidifiers add moisture to air that’s dry.  Whole-house humidifiers maintain your home’s humidity at a very comfortable 30-50 percent.  Portable humidifiers also work to balance the humidity, but in smaller, more immediate areas, such as your family room, while you’re reading or watching TV, or the bedroom, at night while you sleep.

When to Use a Portable Humidifier

Both portable humidifiers and whole-house humidifiers work to balance the air in your home, but, depending on your circumstances, one may be preferred over the other.  For instance, apartment dwellers and small offices may find the air in their immediate area too dry, but don’t have the control (or authority) to install a complete system.  A portable humidifier may be the answer to restoring the balance for your comfort level.

Disadvantages of Portable Humidifiers

Some of the drawbacks to a portable humidifier are maintenance-related.  The reservoir needs filled, even multiple times per day, and depending on the area you need to humidify, it’s recommended that you use distilled water to ensure air quality.  You’ll also be required to clean your humidifier every few days and replace the filter, in order to prevent the build-up of bacteria, mold, and mildew.  Keep in mind, your portable humidifier can also be quite noisy.

Why Whole-House Humidifiers Are Preferred

For those homeowners in Warren County and the surrounding areas, a whole-house humidifier is the better choice.  They demand far less maintenance, as they work with your HVAC system, and draw water directly from the plumbing in your home.  Your whole-house humidifier:

  • Is virtually noise-free
  • Costs pennies per year to operate
  • Helps your heating and cooling system operate more efficiently
  • Reduces seasonal ailments like dry air and static shock
  • Keeps your home much more comfortable

After a one-time installation, the humidity level in your home will remain comfortable, as your whole-house humidifier self-adjusts to the ever-changing seasonal climate in Ohio.

Ohio Whole-House Humidifier Installation

Installation of a whole-house humidifier should only be done by a licensed HVAC technician.  In order to make sure you’re getting the ideal balance in your home’s humidity, count on Rick’s Heating and Cooling, Inc. in the Cincinnati, OH area.  We’ve been providing home comfort solutions to families for nearly three decades.  Our professional service technicians promise you fast, efficient service, whether you need a new installation on your whole-house humidifier, replacement, or repair.

Rick’s Heating & Cooling offers a broad selection of whole-house humidifiers for your home.  We warranty our work and, with 24/7 emergency service, you’re never left out in the cold. Contact us online or call us today at 513-899-6005.