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Different Types of Whole-House (Central) Humidifiers
Whole-house (central) humidifiers are typically attached between the home’s hot air ducts and cold air return and may operate with or independently from your system’s heat cycle. The process begins where the hot air that flows into the house is diverted into the humidifier. Because this air is hot, and at a high pressure, it can hold a lot of vapor. This accumulated vapor then feeds into the cold air return where it’s heated again, resulting in the water droplets vaporizing into the air. This air is then blown out through the house vents.
The primary types of whole-house humidifiers are:
Bypass humidifiers add moisture to the warm air from a furnace. These whole-house humidifiers draw warm air from the home’s heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture, which is then delivered back into the air stream, then into your home. Bypass units can be installed on either the supply or return plenum of a forced air handling system. For those who don’t have a floor drain, there is a drainless bypass humidifier available. These drainless styles recirculate their water, minimizing water usage.
Fan-powered humidifiers work the same way as a bypass humidifier but include a fan that blows air across the internal pad (water panel) for increased water evaporation. Power humidifiers can generally produce a gallon more of humidity each day compared to the bypass humidifier. The electricity required for the internal fan requires that of a 25-watt light bulb. Powered flow-through systems don’t require a bypass duct; therefore, they can be installed in small spaces. Power whole-house humidifiers are perfect for homes built on slabs or with HVAC systems in a closet.
Steam humidifiers add humidity to the air by heating water electrically until it boils to create humidity in the form of steam even if the furnace isn’t on. The steam is picked up by the system blower then pushed throughout the home vents. Steam humidifiers offer the fastest and most efficient method of increasing and maintaining the appropriate and comfortable level of humidity in your home. Additionally, steam whole-house humidifiers deliver a pure and best natural form of humidity that’s introduced through your entire home. Steam humidifiers will run moisture as needed, regardless of your current heating or air conditioning situation.
If you commonly have allergies, you know that they can get rather miserable at times. Unfortunately, most common allergy triggers, especially dust mites, mold, and mildew thrive in humid environments. Whether you live in a humid climate, or you just have a living space that tends to be more humid, you may be suffering from these things. Small living spaces with limited ventilation, such as bathrooms or kitchens in a small apartment or basement apartments, are common areas where moisture can build up, even in dry climates.
Some of the most common reactions to allergy triggers include:
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Sneezing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
- Skin rashes and other irritation
Mold allergies are also a significant contributor to childhood asthma.
To help alleviate some of these issues, we recommend installing a dehumidifier in your home.
Signs You Need a Dehumidifier
In addition to suffering from constant symptoms of allergies, you may want to consider a dehumidifier if you have some obvious signs of high humidity in certain rooms or areas of your home which include:
- Water stains on the walls or ceilings of your home
- High humidity rooms with poor ventilation or no ventilation (especially in areas like bathrooms that have no windows)
- Frequent condensation on the windows in certain areas of your home
- Small black spots (mold spores) growing on the walls or in areas with high humidity, such as the bathtub or shower
- Musty or mildew like smells
You may also want to consider a dehumidifier if you live in an apartment building since mold and mildew spores can travel through ventilation systems and can build up in the walls between apartments. Even if you keep your living area clean, these allergens from other areas of the building can be harmful to your family’s health.
The Benefits of a Dehumidifier
There are several benefits to getting a dehumidifier in your home or workspace, which include:
- They reduce humidity levels, making your home less hospitable to common allergens
- They are not disruptive to your daily life and run quietly and efficiently in the background
- They help reduce odors that can accompany mold and mildew in your home
- They help reduce the possibility that you will develop mold on your clothing, furniture, and linens
- They reduce irritation to your skin and your respiratory system, allowing you to breathe easier and feel more comfortable
- They reduce dust in your home, so you won’t have to dust as often
- They lower energy costs because they help your air conditioner run more efficiently by removing moisture
- They reduce humidity so that your clothing dries faster, your breads and cereals stay fresh longer without getting stale, and you won’t find signs of rust or corrosion on your electronics or tools
Choosing a Dehumidifier
There are several different options when it comes to dehumidifiers, and the one you choose depends on the space in which you plan to use it, as well as the level of humidity. There are small capacity models for a single small room; large capacity models for larger areas such as a large room, basement, or an apartment; and there are whole-house models available as well if you live in a very humid climate, you suffer from significant allergies, or you have a large home.
Our Monroe Township dehumidifier experts can discuss your needs with you, measure humidity levels, and determine which unit will best suit your needs.
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