If you’ve ever felt static shocks, a scratchy throat when you wake up, or hear your floors creaking as you walk on them, then you may be in need of more humidity in your home. Getting a whole house humidifier is one solution. Unlike a portable humidifier, the whole house humidifier is installed directly into your HVAC system, and the moisture travels through your ducts and into your home. There are sensors either on the humidifier itself or your thermostat that monitor humidity levels and can regulate how much or how little you need. Here are some of the pros and cons to having an HVAC humidifier.
Helps Maintain Normal Humidity Levels In Your Home
This one is obvious, but can’t be overlooked. With normal humidity levels, you won’t hear as many squeaks, creaks, and shocks. A humidifier can help protect the natural moisture in all the wood and furnishings in your home. Low humidity is bad for many things since dry air can cause paint and plaster to crack and peel, wood floors to split, and electronics to get unnecessary shocks that can damage them.
More Comfortable For Your Body
If your house is too dry, you’ll be able to feel it on your skin, nails, and hair. You may notice chapped lips, dry, itchy skin, and even get dandruff. And, of course, no one likes the shock of static electricity as they walk around the house.
In dry environments, colds and viruses thrive, allergies and asthma can be aggravated, and dry noses, sore throats, and damaged, cracked skin can lead to infections. These are just a few of the reasons a whole house humidifier can help you have a healthier home. In low-humidity situations, colds, flu, and other respiratory infections can occur — and if you get too much humidity, that can lead to black mold, which is another cause of respiratory issues.
Can Help With Efficiency
With a humidifier, you may be able to set your thermostat at a lower temperature this winter to save a few energy dollars. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so if you are able to set back your thermostat a few degrees that can add up. In fact, the Department of Energy says, “You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.” What if you did that just one degree over the whole winter?
Nevertheless, make sure the humidifier is set at the correct amount of moisture or else you could be left feeling clammy.
It Costs You Extra Money To Buy
Adding on anything to your HVAC will cost you more money. You need to buy the product and pay a professional to install it for you correctly. That’s an upfront price that you’ll need to account for when looking to buy a whole house humidifier. Getting a portable humidifier is a cheaper, quicker, and easier option, but that comes with its own list of cons.
You’ll Need To Change Another Filter
Most whole house humidifiers come with a filter that will need to be changed regularly. Just like your HVAC system has a filter that needs to be changed regularly, this is another one that you won’t want to forget about or it can lead to damage to equipment.
One More Thing To Maintain
If you add on a whole house humidifier, that’s one more item you need to make sure gets checked by your HVAC professional. One more item that you’ll need to clean regularly. One more item that will need replacing once it breaks down. For some that may be one more item that they don’t want to add on the to-do list, but for others, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.