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Humidifier Installation: What to Consider

Humidifier InstallationWhile we like to complain about humidity levels during the summer months, the moisture in the air is actually a good thing when controlled inside your home.  There are a great deal of ailments and issues associated with poorly controlled environments, including bloody noses, scratchy throats, and dry skin.  However, you don’t have to live with these conditions if you consider the installation of a humidifier system within your home.  If you’re considering humidifier installation, here is what you need to know.

  1. Do You Really Need It? – Humidity levels should be regulated within your home by your HVAC system, but this isn’t always what happens. HVAC systems can’t always mitigate the leeching of humidity from your home, unfortunately, so if you’re noticing any of the aforementioned symptoms, a humidifier system may be something you want to consider.
  2. What Type of System Do You Need? – There are whole home systems and systems designed for invidiual rooms in your home, but you’ll need to determine which of these you’ll need. An HVAC professional can also help you figure out if the air is dry throughout your home, or just in particular rooms.
  3. What Style? – There are steam humidifiers, where water is heated and then pushed through the existing ductwork of your home. There are also evaporative humidifiers which use a pad, and the furnace fan pushes the moist air throughout the house.  Determining which of these styles you need will be up to personal preference, but your HVAC team can help you, as well.
  4. What Will it Cost? – The cost will be entirely dependent upon which type of system you choose, what style, and the installation costs associated with your humidifier. Only by consulting your local HVAC company can you get a realistic view of the costs, but keep in mind that overly dry air can cause more issues that incur costs than that of the installation fees.
  5. How Much Maintenance Will it Require? – Certainly, the small humidifiers that are available for purchase in stores require very little maintenance, but if they’re not maintained properly they can lead to mold and mildew issues, causing further breathing issues. If you’re consider a humidifier system in your home, also consider the idea of purchasing some sort of maintenance plan with your HVAC company and rest assured that the maintenance and upkeep should be included in such a plan.

If dry air, dry skin, and dry hair are a problem in your home, it may be time to consider installing a humidifier.  Contact us for more information!


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