Humidifiers are employed to give additional moisture to the air, so if you’re dealing with dry skin, dry throat, or other respiratory symptoms, this device can assist in making your home a little more comfortable. Nevertheless, regular humidifiers are usually only powerful enough to regulate the air in one room at once. If you wish to add moisture to each room in your house, a whole-home humidifier is your best option.
Whole-home humidifiers are stronger units designed to add moisture to the air in spaces 1,000 square feet or larger. There are different types of whole-home humidifiers on the market today, featuring freestanding units and furnace-mounted models. Whichever style you choose, make sure the device is large enough to humidify the square footage of your home.
Whole-house humidifiers usually function in combination with your HVAC system to maintain your indoor humidity at appropriate levels by dispensing humidified air throughout your house through air ducts. You only need a one-time installation and minor maintenance because, unlike portable models, whole-house humidifiers do not need constant refilling since they are connected to your water supply and drain for constant performance. Initially, they might cost you a small fortune due to the technology involved and the professional installation, but ultimately they are a lot cheaper to maintain. They are fitting for large spaces or a multi-level house.
There are two main distinctions:
Built-in humidifiers, also called ducted humidifiers and whole-house humidifiers, are installed in the supply (hot air) plenum or the cold air plenum adjacent to the furnace.
Stand-alone whole-house humidifiers do not attach to the ductwork, so they can be put at any place in the house.
Built-ins come in three distinct types:
It uses a rotating drum, an absorbent drum pad, and a water tray. When the furnace is active the drum rotates and acquires water. The water then evaporates into the warm air passing over it on its way to the ductwork of your homes. Because of this drum humidifiers are called evaporative humidifiers.
Pros and cons: Drum humidifiers use less water than steam humidifiers and types that use drain humidifiers. More maintenance is required because mineral deposits and mold can form in the tray with the absence of regular cleaning.
Bypass ones employ a metal pad that water trickles over as warm air passes over it. These are also evaporative humidifiers. The air is directed from the furnace using a damper, and hence the name “bypass.” They are also sometimes called “pass-through” humidifiers. Larger bypass humidifiers often have their own fan to ease drawing in air and pushing it into the ductwork.
Pros and cons: These humidifiers require less maintenance and are rarely infested by mold. Certain bypass water heaters splurge water because what isn’t evaporated goes down a drain. Other models cut water bills by reducing water waste.
They come with a small boiler that produces steam. The unit is wired to the furnace so that the blower motor turns on while the steam humidifier is creating steam.
Pros and cons: Steam whole-house humidifiers help you reach your desired humidity level the fastest way, and they produce the most humidity. They also utilize a lot of water, for steam and for flushing sediment out of the unit at certain intervals. If you have metered water instead of a well, watch out for higher water bills. A drain is needed for this type to flush the water.
The two types are: Console whole-house humidifiers and pedestal whole-house humidifiers. The names actually refer to their shape and size. They are both types of non-ducted humidifiers.
Non-ducted whole-house humidifiers are often intended for use in homes without a forced-air system. There are two options to be considered:
Homes with forced-air HVAC: These units are also fitting in homes with forced air systems. The moist air is pulled into the cold air, it returns when the furnace is running and evenly distributed to all rooms. They are very effective in these types of homes.
Homes without forced-air HVAC: No ductwork means a non-ducted unit is usually the best option. Nevertheless, in multi-story homes or ranches, you may need to put a fan or two in strategic locations to get the humidified air properly scattered. Moisture will ultimately even out in your home, but if you want to facilitate it, position a fan in a hallway leading to bedrooms or at the top of the stairs.
Both have their upsides and downsides
With our thorough review, you surely have gathered enough information to see whether you need a whole-house humidifier. These powerful appliances are quite useful for both you and your living space and even though some types might lighten your wallet initially, they certainly are worth in the long run.
If you require more information, please check these references
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Humidifiers Increase Moisture--and Sometimes Bacteria , article, "books.google.co.uk", retrieved on, Sun 18-October-2020
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