Cincinnati Homeowner's HVAC Guide to Whole-House Humidifiers

by Greg Leisgang on March 21, 2014

Posted in: Indoor Air Quality

whole-house humidiffiersDry indoor air during the wintertime heating months can become exhausting, uncomfortable and troublesome. It can affect home comfort, health and even property. Use this guide to help you find the right Cincinnati HVAC humidification solution.

Whole-House Humidifiers

A whole-house humidifier is a system of indoor humidification that operates in conjunction with a forced-air HVAC system. Unlike portable humidifiers, whole-house units disperse moisture through duct or ventilation airways, releasing just enough moisture throughout the entire house.

Whole-house humidifiers deliver optimal humidification levels (30 to 50 percent), which helps prevent damage to possessions and the home's structure, including porous papers, woodwork and timber. Another advantage of whole-house humidifier systems is that they offer carefree operation by using the home's water supply for water feed and drainage.

Selecting a Whole-House Humidifier 

  • The size of whole-house humidifier you install depends upon the total square footage of living space. Determine the square footage and size the new system accordingly.
  • Ask your Cincinnati HVAC professional to evaluate the air ducts to ensure optimal performance from your new humidifier and that of the heating and cooling systems. (Are there any air leaks? Is insulation needed?)
  • Measure the height and base of the humidifier and make sure it will fit in the space designated for the unit.  
  • Purchase a unit with a humidistat that will automatically monitor and control the humidity level of your house.
  • Find out what it will take to maintain your humidifier (e.g. filters, cleaning supplies, replacement parts and professional maintenance), and make sure that it's installed in a location that provides for easy access.
  • Discuss with your Cincinnati HVAC professional which humidifier technology fits your needs and heating and cooling systems.
  • Whole-house humidifiers are susceptible to component wear and accumulation of minerals and any other substances which may be found in your home’s water supply. Find out if any extra steps should be taken to ensure optimal performance, such as water softeners or filters.

To speak with a Cincinnati HVAC professional experienced with whole-house humidifier systems, contact JonLe Heating & Cooling today.

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