Whole House Humidifiers

January 20, 2021


Do You Really Need A Whole House Humidifier?

If you’ve experienced issues related to dry air in your home, a whole house humidifier can absolutely help. Adding moisture to the air, especially in the winter, has a number of benefits.

Whole House Humidifiers attach to your existing heating and cooling system. They force water vapor into your air ducts, where the more moist air is distributed throughout your home. You can precisely control the humidity level, increasing comfort and improving air quality.

While there is an upfront cost, these units last many years, and ongoing maintenance is low. Prices vary depending on the size of your home and your specific HVAC system.

Symptoms of Dry Air

Illinois winters typically bring very dry air, which means low humidity levels inside your home. This dry air can cause:

  • Static Electricity 

  • Dry Nose and Throat

  • Dry and Itchy Skin

  • Chapped Lips

  • Dry and Irritated Eyes

  • Increased Allergy Symptoms

  • Bloody Nose

  • Inflamed Dermatitis

  • Warping and Brittle Wood

  • Paint Cracks

In most cases these issues will be minor, but they can be a major annoyance. This is especially true if you suffer from allergies or other respiratory conditions.

Benefits of a Humidifier

The EPA recommends an indoor humidity of 30-50 percent. If you’re under this range a humidifier could improve air quality and reduce the side effects of dry air in your home. Benefits include:

  • Health – Proper humidity typically means fewer allergy and respiratory issues.

  • Comfort – Improve conditions for your skin and eyes.

  • Static – Reduce annoying static electricity and surprise shocks.

  • Protect Valuables – Reduce risk to wood floors, paint, furniture, art and other climate sensitive valuables.

If you’ve used a small portable humidifier, you know the benefits of adding moisture to dry air. Whole-house models provide similar comfort, but without hassle of frequently adding water to a portable unit. And of course the moisture impacts your entire home, not just a single room.

Whole House Humidifiers are a safe and efficient way to improve the air quality in your home. While the benefits vary for every homeowner, if you have frequent issues with dry air, installing a unit is almost certainly worth it.

Can You Install The Unit Yourself?

Some homeowners install these systems themselves, but it is not a simple installation. You will be cutting and installing ductwork, running a waterline and drain, and working with electrical wiring. If you’re not comfortable working with these things yourself, you may want to hire a professional. Installation will take a few hours, depending on the layout of your HVAC system and plumbing

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