Difference Between Whole House Humidifier & Single Room Humidifier

Heating your home tends to remove moisture from the air. The process dries your skin and makes you more susceptible to colds and allergies. Furniture and other elements of your home suffer from extended exposure to dry air as well. Humidifying the air throughout your home creates a healthier and more homogeneous air quality everywhere.

A single room conditioner is a unit which is filled with water, runs until the water is gone and allows for very little in the way of adjustment. While a single room humidifier can create the desired atmosphere for one space in the home, this doesn’t really accomplish much as you move to other rooms.  Installing a single room humidifier is a bit like trying to chlorinate one-fifth of a swimming pool. Unless the room is totally sealed, the moist atmosphere will dissipate into the adjoining areas and lose some of the positive effects.

Why not enjoy moist, healthful air in every room of your home?

How Does a Whole-House Humidifier Work?

A whole-house humidifier is installed into the blower system of your furnace. As the furnace pumps warm air to the interior of the home, the humidifier system infuses moisture into the air flow. The moist air is introduced through the heating ducts. In most cases, the degree of humidity is adjustable along with the temperature. With these systems, you will experience a continuous flow of comfortable air throughout your entire home.

Air conditioners also tend to create dryness in the atmosphere. So a whole house humidifier can prevent dry air during Maryland summers as well.

Types of Whole-House Humidifiers

Three types of whole home humidifiers are drum humidifiers, spray-mist humidifiers, and flow-through humidifiers. During professional installation, these are connected to your home water supply. You will not have to refill a reservoir as you do with a single room humidifier. Only occasional maintenance is required to ensure the long life of the whole-house equipment.

Benefits of a Whole-House Humidifier

  • More Healthful Environment: Many types of microbes and viruses thrive in low humidity. By raising the humidity level throughout the home, you will lower the chance of contracting certain illnesses while eliminating the discomfort of chronic dry skin, dry throat, asthma and other maladies.
  • Energy Savings: Moist air feels warmer than dry air. As a result the temperature setting of your furnace may be set to a lower level at all times. This will result in lower heating bills during the colder months.
  • Protecting the Interior of Your Home: Having moistened air flow throughout your home is also beneficial to the inanimate objects in the house. Dry air can cause deterioration to furnishings, flooring, caulking, paint and other elements over time.

Check Out Your Options

Experts like All Season’s Heating & Cooling can answer your questions and offer options for improving your home air quality. With energy savings and an improved atmosphere in your home, a whole-house humidifier could be ideal for you. If you are located in the Baltimore metro area, give us a call. We would be more than happy to discuss your humidifier options.

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