Any time that you are thinking about adding a new appliance to your home, it’s important to consider the implications it will have on your home’s utility bills. Most appliances consume some type of resource such as electricity, gas or water. Since a whole house humidifier taps into your home’s water supply, many homeowners wonder whether or not installing one will have a noticeable effect on their home’s water consumption. Today we’re going to address that concern by answering the question, “How much water does a whole house humidifier use?
Why does a whole house humidifier use water?
When your home’s humidity levels are low, it’s because there is not enough moisture in the air. A whole house humidifier addresses this problem by adding water to the air that’s delivered by your furnace. When a whole house humidifier is installed, it’s connected to your home’s pipes in order to have a supply of water. The unit draws water from that supply on-demand in order to add moisture to the air that flows through it.
How much water does a whole house humidifier use?
The amount of water that a whole house humidifier uses varies depending on the model you choose, the size of your home, the humidistat settings that you use and the current humidity levels in your home at any given time. On average, you can expect a humidifier to use 1.5 to 12 gallons of water per day. This is enough water to properly control your home’s humidity levels while also having almost no impact on your monthly water bills.
One thing to point out about a whole house humidifier’s water consumption is that it only uses water on-demand when it’s needed. Nearly all of the water that’s taken in by a whole house humidifier is used directly to raise your home’s humidity levels. This is unlike a portable humidifier, which requires a constant supply of standing water in order to operate. That water needs to be replaced regularly in order to prevent bacterial growth, which means much of the water that is used by portable humidifiers is dumped down the drain without ever being put to good use.
Work with a high-quality contractor to minimize your humidifier’s water consumption
As with any component that’s a part of your heating system, it’s important to ensure your whole house humidifier is installed and maintained by a high-quality contractor like Jerry Kelly. A less-reputable contractor might not install the humidifier properly, which can result in loose connections that allow water to be wasted by leaking out of your pipes.
If you have any questions about how much water a humidifier uses, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your furnace installation and repair contractor in St. Charles, MO. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like Clayton, Cottleville and Creve Coeur, MO.