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Comparing the 3 Types of Whole-House Humidifiers
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Comparing the 3 Types of Whole-House Humidifiers

While living in the land of 10,000 makes for moist and humid air in some parts of the year, dry air can still be a problem in the wintertime. When it comes to air quality, your heating system and your air conditioning are not the only variables in the equation.

Whole-house humidifiers can help with the many ailments dry air can bring, such as static cling, chapped lips, small electrical shocks from clothing and carpet, and dry skin. However, there are three types of whole house humidifiers for you to choose from.

Let’s compare these types of whole-house humidifiers and see which is right for you!

1.   Bypass Humidifiers

Bypass humidifiers introduce moisture to your home’s air by way of your furnace. Warm air from your furnace is directed to a water tray. While making its way past the water tray, the furnace’s warm air picks up the moisture. This humidified air is then carried through the air ducts to the rest of your home.

This type of whole-house humidifier is great if you already have a furnace system installed and working. Keep in mind, however, that the water supply for this humidifier will need to be drained!

2.   Fan-Powered Humidifiers

Bypass humidifiers and fan-powered humidifiers have quite a bit in common. The difference between the two is the way air makes its way through the water tray. A fan-powered humidifier uses extra force from the fan to increase the amount of water evaporation. This process allows fan-powered humidifiers to produce up to a gallon more humidity per day while being more energy-efficient and easier to install.

If you have a larger house that needs to be humidified this winter, the fan-powered option may be for you!

3.   Steam Humidifiers

Steam humidifiers electronically boil water to create humid air. Once there is enough steam in the humidifier’s system, it is then picked up and pushed through your ventilation system. Steam humidifiers, in terms of energy consumption, are the most efficient of the three. Not only does a steam humidifier offer the best energy efficiency, but steam is also the cleanest form of humidity you can add to your home. The only drawback for this type of whole-house humidifier is it costs the most to install!

Contact Quality Systems Heating & Cooling for Your HVAC Needs

When you need work done on any of your HVAC systems this winter, you can count on Quality Systems Heating & Cooling. Request a free quote online or give us a call at 952-226-2665 today!

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