Manage Your Home Humidity Levels

Find the right humidifier for your home

The furnace is running full-time these days, and with that often times comes the less-than-savory side effects of dry skin, scratchy throats and excessive static electricity.  Oh, the joys of the heating season. Humidifying your home will provide proper moisture levels and help alleviate these problems and, potentially, save you money on your heating costs. Manage your home humidity levels with the proper equipment set at the appropriate levels.

Bypass humidifiers

Bypass humidifiers are professionally installed and simply use the blower motor of your furnace to drive moisture vapor into your home’s ductwork. You control the exact level of humidity you want by setting your humidistat.  A whole-house system is easiest done when replacing a furnace, but can be fitted to your existing system as well by a HVAC specialist.

Fan-Powered humidifier

Fan-powered humidifiers are engineered to quietly blow moisture directly into your ductwork—and spread comforting humidity throughout your home when the seasons have turned dry. Maintenance is simple and as with the Bypass Humidifier, you can also set the humidity level that is most comfortable for your family.

Steam humidifiers

Steam output humidifiers are often the best choice for larger homes or when you want more precise control over humidity. Typically, steam humidifiers have a greater water vapor output in comparison to the Fan-powered and Bypass Humidifiers.

Needless to say, options of humidifiers are plentiful!  All of these work to add moisture to your rooms and make your home more comfortable.  The cool mist humidifier tends to be the most effective in adding moisture to the air, and does so without the risk of producing very hot water and steam, so there is no risk of being scalded or hurt.

When shopping for a humidifier, consider what unit will meet the needs of your family and home – consider purchase price, operating costs and maintenance costs.  Some models consume more energy than others and some models require frequent filter changes (all which can add up).

Benefits of having proper humidity levels in your home

Your home actually feels warmer when it has the proper humidity level (experts say that level should be between 35-45%).  Many people find they can then reduce their thermostat by a few degrees, maintain a warm comfortable home and save a little on their energy bills.

Colds can also be kept at bay.  Proper humidity settings help prevent nose and throat irritation, which can help prevent colds and other illnesses.

Other items in your home can also be healthier with proper levels of humidity.  Your household plants welcome the humidity and thrive; your hard-wood floors will be less likely to contract and separate at the seams; and any wallpaper you have on your walls will fare better over the winter months.

Too much humidity?

Beware – we can over-do things and actually add too much moisture to our homes.  Some evidence that humidity levels are too high includes persistent window fogging (fogging in the corners or edges is normal), moisture on surfaces or walls, and even mold.  If any of these signs exist, your humidity levels may be too high – reduce the output on your humidifier.

Counteract the dry air that comes with winter by properly humidifying your home – and enjoy a more comfortable living space,  a healthier winter season, as well as the bonus of potentially lower energy bills.

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About Ed Heil

Owner of StoryTeller Media & Communications an inbound marketing and digital PR agency in Bloomington, MN.
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