Do you suffer from dry air during Utah’s winter months? Here is some information that may help you, your family and your home.
Winters in Utah are usually long, cold, and dry forcing you to keep your house closed up. Our furnaces heat and circulate the low-humidity winter air, drying out our homes even more. Indoor relative humidity is critical to your health and comfort in your home. Having too little or too much humidity can cause problems. Low indoor humidity can cause dry, itchy, scaly skin, static electricity, irritated sinuses and dry throat or mouth leading to sickness and respiratory problems. Too high indoor humidity (over 60%) can contribute to the growth of mold, dust mites, and fungus. The ideal indoor humidity is between 35% and 45%.
What Humidifier is best for you
Bypass humidifiers use fresh water to add humidity to the air by acting as an evaporator. A water control valve adds fresh water to the water panel while your furnace is running. This saturated pad then uses the “hot positive air pressure” in the ductwork to bypass through the moist pad into the “room temperature negative air pressure” duct and add humidity to the air stream. That air gets distributed and circulated throughout the home. This humidifier can humidify up to 4000 sq. ft. in a tightly constructed home and uses up to 17 gallons per day.
The Powered Humidifier uses the same evaporative method as a bypass humidifier a little bit differently. It uses an internal fan to pull air out of the ductwork and then forces it though the moist pad and back into the same ductwork. The powered humidifier can humidify up to 4500 sq. ft. home in a tightly constructed home and uses up to 18 gallons per day.
Steam humidifiers use electricity to turn water to steam and inject it into the supply (hot air) side of the ductwork. Steam humidifiers use a cannister that holds the water and converts it to steam which need to be replaced annually. Steam humidifiers can save on the usage of fresh water however, they can be costly to operate depending upon the size of the home. Steam humidifiers generally need 220v power installed to them to generate the steam needed to operate properly.
Humidifier Parts and Services
For parts and supplies to maintain your whole house, have one of our certified and trusted service technicians visit your home to get your whole house humidifier up and running again. If you feel up to repairing or maintaining it yourself, visit our do-it-yourself parts counter and let one of our associates assist you in getting the correct parts you need.