Low humidity affects every aspect of your life from your home to your health. If you live in the Loveland, Fort Collins or Longmont areas, installing a whole-house humidifier is an excellent way to enjoy greater comfort. Take a look at the benefits to decide if a humidifier is right for you.
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How Humidification Systems Work
Whole-house humidifiers are designed for homes with forced-air heating systems. The unit is installed within your HVAC ducts or next to your furnace, so there’s no obtrusive equipment. Whole-house humidifiers are controlled by a humidistat that measures the moisture in your home and maintains ideal humidity levels across your living areas.
Although there are several configurations, most whole-house humidifiers feature an evaporative panel or cartridge. Water from the supply line moistens the surface, which is usually made from ceramic, germicidal paper or another material that can hold substantial amounts of water. As air flows over the panel, the water evaporates, and the humidity increases.
What Whole-House Humidifiers Do
Whole-house humidifiers increase the percentage of airborne moisture and distribute humidified air throughout your home. Some products release water vapor directly into the furnace airstream. Others use evaporative technology to release moisture passively.
Humidifiers are classified according to their mode of operation and whether the unit has an on-board fan or uses your furnace blower. Bypass humidifiers only work when your forced-air heating system is running. Fan-powered models run independently.
Benefits of Whole-House Humidifiers
Relative humidity levels between 35% and 45% are recommended for optimal comfort. Due to the arid high-mountain climate in Loveland, the humidity remains below 30% most of the year. Once you fire up the furnace, moisture levels can easily dip below 10% . In our climate, supplemental humidification provides numerous benefits, especially during the winter.
Humidifiers relieve the parched skin, dry eyes and respiratory irritation associated with low ambient moisture.
Balanced humidity makes your home feel warmer and more comfortable in the winter, which reduces energy expenditures and helps the planet.
Humidifiers prevent static electricity and reduce the mobility of airborne flu viruses and germs that cause seasonal illnesses.
Moderate humidity protects hardwood floors, furniture, musical instruments and collectibles that are sensitive to dry air.
Types Of Humidifiers For Your Home
When selecting a humidifier, the right choice depends on the type of HVAC system that you use, the size of your home and your humidification needs. As a rule of thumb, fan and bypass humidifiers are moderately priced while high-capacity steam humidifiers are more costly. Our indoor air quality experts at Swan Heating & Air Conditioning can help you select the ideal system.
Fan-powered humidifiers work independently from your heating system because they use their own built-in fan to distribute the humidified air through your HVAC ducts. This allows the system to humidify your home faster. Most fan-powered humidifiers provide 12 to 18 gallons of water vapor per day, even when your furnace isn’t running.
Bypass humidifiers are exceptionally popular. They use your existing ductwork and furnace blower to move humidified air through your home. They can be installed along your supply or return ducts, but the air must flow to your furnace either way. Most bypass humidifiers are moderately priced. Depending on their size and design, they may have a 12- to 17-gallon maximum daily capacity.
Steam humidifiers are the most advanced home humidification systems. They have an on-board boiler that generates steam and distributes water vapor through your ductwork. They’re ideal for larger buildings and homes with specific humidification needs that cannot be met by evaporative systems. Steam humidifiers can generate up to 35 gallons of water vapor daily.
Installing Furnace Humidifiers
Typically, whole-house humidifiers are installed near your furnace or air handler. Several vertical and horizontal installation options are available depending on the type of system as well as the configuration of the ductwork and your available space.
Each unit needs its own electrical connections and humidistat control wires as well as a water supply and drain line. If you decide that a bypass humidifier is right for your home, your installer will add a short section of ductwork that links the humidifier to the furnace.
Humidifier Maintenance Requirements
Just like your air conditioner, humidifiers benefit from spring and fall maintenance. To keep the system functioning optimally year after year, it’s important to clean the unit and replace the pre-treated evaporative panels as recommended. Over time, bacteria and minerals might infiltrate the material, which could cause odors and reduce the evaporation rate.
Humidifier Repair Service
If your whole-house humidifier isn’t working properly, our NATE-certified technicians can diagnose the problem, replace the solenoid valve or complete any repairs that are necessary to restore the system’s performance. We service humidifiers from all major manufacturers, including Amana, Aprilaire, Carrier, Honeywell, Trane and many others.
Deciding Which Humidifer & Humidification Service You Need
If you’re interested in a whole-house humidifier or if you’d like to learn more about our services, call Swan Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re a family-owned heating and cooling company with more than 10 years of experience serving customers in Loveland. We’ll help you enjoy ideal home humidity levels all year.