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What is a Whole House Humidifier and How Does it Work?

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When it comes to home comfort, temperature isn’t everything. Sure, you could have the perfect thermostat settings, but does that mean you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy and save energy in your St. Louis area home?

Another thing that plays a large role in home comfort is humidity. By using a whole house humidifier, you can reach the ideal humidity level in your home and avoid the negative effects of dry air, such as static shocks and aggravated symptoms of asthma and allergies.

So what exactly is a whole house humidifier and how does it work?

What is a whole house humidifier?

A whole house humidifier is a device that can be installed on a new or existing furnace. There are a number of different kinds of humidifiers, including drum, disc wheel, flow-through and spray mist, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

What is the purpose of a whole house humidifier?

Regardless of what type of humidifier you use, its purpose is to add moisture to the air in your home in order to increase the humidity level. This is important during the winter time when the air is naturally very dry.

How does a whole house humidifier work?

In order to add moisture to the air, a humidifier is connected to your home’s water supply. When your humidifier is turned on, water flows through some sort of collection medium, such as a foam pad or a plastic disc.

As air passes through your furnace, some of it also passes through your humidifier’s water collection medium and picks up moisture along the way. That air is then returned through the furnace and eventually distributed to your home through your duct system. As a result, all of the air in your home contains more moisture, which raises humidity levels and keeps you and your family warm and healthy.

If you have any questions about whole house humidifiers, or would like help choosing the kind that’s right for your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.