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Humidifier Options: Portable Versus Whole-House Systems

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by

Humidifier Options: Portable Versus Whole-House SystemsA home humidifier may seem a little over kill in the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s naturally humid climate. Despite the hot, sticky summers, though, in winter, indoor humidity can drop low enough to cause real discomfort. Ideally, indoor humidity should be around 35 to 50 percent. Lower than that and you may end up with a dry nose and throat, cracking in your walls and art work and problems with static electricity.

Dry air can also leave you feeling chilly. By improving your indoor humidity, you may be able to raise lower your thermostat in the winter and raise your thermostat in the summer thus and reducing your utility bills  during either season of the year and keep your family healthy..

A good humidifier can solve your dry air problems. Although the low price of portable humidifiers may be appealing, these models aren’t always ideal. Before you choose a model, make sure you know the difference between portable and whole-house units.

Capacity — Because of their small size, portable units can humidify only a small concentrated space at a time. Unless you frequently move the unit, the rest of your house will still be dry. Whole-house humidifiers can, as the name implies, humidify your entire home. They do this by delivering humidified air through your HVAC system’s ductwork.

Maintenance
— To keep your portable unit running, you’ll need to monitor the water level and supply water as needed. Some units require purified or distilled water. A whole-house humidifier is connected to your home’s plumbing, so it never needs to be refilled. It needs cleaning only once or twice a year to remove mineral deposits often done at the regular routine maintenance every 6 months in your home HVAC unit. Units  with filters also need the filter replaced at least  twice yearly.

Installation — Portable units are easy to set up yourself. Because you can move them, you’ll always be able to choose where to increase the humidity. A whole-house humidifier, on the other hand, should be installed by a professional. The unit’s performance depends on proper installation. While you can’t move the unit, you won’t have to because it humidifies the whole house evenly.

At AirRite Air Conditioning Company, we can help you get set up with a whole-house humidifier or any other home comfort equipment. We’ve been meeting the HVAC needs of Dallas-Fort Worth area homeowners since 1955.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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