It can get dry in your house. Really dry. In fact, at times during the Winter, your home is actually dryer than the Sahara desert. No kidding!
If you have wood floors or furniture, or musical instruments and equipment, this can be a real problem. Dry wood tends to warp and crack. A whole-house humidifier can keep your home comfortable and your expensive investments in good shape. More humidity will also help your skin, nose, and throat feel better in the Winter. As an added bonus, humid air feels warmer, so you'll be more comfortable!
Things to consider when buying a humidifier
- Steam or Bypass? Bypass humidifiers work by pushing air through a moistened pad. They are cheaper to install, but require you to change the pad one or more times per year. Most of them also require the furnace to be "fired," because the hot air absorbs the moisture better than room-temperature air. Steam humidifiers boil water to create steam which humidifies your home. The steam is injected into your duct system, and your furnace's blower pushes it into your home. The furnace does not need to be fired for this to work, and steam humidifiers only require a yearly cleaning to remove any mineral deposits that may have accumulated. Steam humidifiers are also capable of maintaining a higher humidity level in your home.
- What brands are the best? Like all the other equipment we sell, our line of Humidifiers has been thoroughly tested in the real-world. We only sell the best. We like Honeywell for bypass humidifiers, and AprilAire for steam humidifiers. We believe these are the best options on the market, in terms of initial price, longevity/reliability, and ongoing maintenance costs.
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