Humidity! What’s the big deal?
When cold, dry air enters your home and is warmed to room temperature, using your furnace or air handler, the relative humidity in the average house can drop to as little as 5% .
The E.P.A. recommends a 50% relative humidity level in your home year round. During summer we use air conditioning to remove moisture and therefore cool the air inside our home, but when it is winter time, we are heating the air and removing the moisture from it. Compare recommended 30% – 60% relative humidity to the average 25% relative humidity of the Sahara Desert and you can understand why too much or too little humidity can effect both your health and comfort.
Humidifiers Questions & Answers
How Does Humidity Affect my Health?
Too little humidity can cause the drying out of your skin, throat and nasal passages, leading to various physical discomforts, while too much humidity can cause the growth of bacteria, fungi, mold, viruses and mites. Studies shows that 30% – 60% relative humidity is ideal for most homes.
Would Humidity Affect My House?
Virtually everything in your home made from wood contains some moisture. As dry air sucks that moisture out, the wood shrinks and cracks. Hardwood floors separate at the seams, furniture shrinks and cracks, and doors warp and no longer fit their frames as the moisture drops off.
Are There Any Other Benefits to Properly Conditioned Air?
Yes, it can help save energy! Warm, humid summer air feels hotter than it actually is because of the moisture it contains. That same principle applies to your home in the winter. By keeping the relative humidity inside your home at an ideal level, you can turn your thermostat down a few degrees and still feel comfortable. Dialing down your thermostat just three degrees can reduce your heating bill by as much as 5%.
Tell me how humidifier works?
When the humidistat senses a need for additional humidity, a measured water flows into the patented distribution tray moistening the evaporator pad thoroughly and uniformly for greatest evaporative efficiency. Dry air, warmed by the furnace, is passed through the wet pad where evaporation occurs and moist, humidified air is circulated throughout the home.
What is the right humidifier for your home?
Well there are several factors that you should know before considering different types of humidifiers. Are you looking to humidify a small room only or a whole house? What is the size of the room or your entire house? A whole house humidifier, such as a bypass, flow-through, or drum humidifier, works with your home’s heating and cooling system to disperse moisture throughout your entire home as the air is heated or cooled. These compact systems, which can cover more than 3,000 square feet in some cases, install onto your HVAC unit and connect directly to your water line. When the air is heated or cooled, it passes through a humidifier pad that has been saturated with water. The air absorbs moisture from this pad and is released into your home as humidified air. One strong advantage of these systems is that you no longer have to worry about refilling your humidifier with water when it empties. With an in-duct humidifier, if the system needs more water, it simply draws it from your home’s water supply.
Which types of humidifiers are available in the market?
There are several different types of humidifiers available in the market. Portable humidifiers in both cold steam and hot steam, evaporative humidifiers and steam Whole-Home Humidifiers which are installed into the return air of your furnace and deliver humidity through the ductwork system while your furnace is running during winter. Be sure to ask one of our home comfort advisers to recommend a solution that is right for you.