Humidity problems are coming during the winter season. The furnace sucks all of the moisture out of the air, and you and your family are left with dry skin, sore throats, and colds. Most people choose to install a humidification system to solve this problem once and for all. However, there is some debate as to which type of humidifier is best for a home. Many people don’t want to go through the hassle of having an HVAC company install a whole house humidifier, so they choose to purchase a portable unit that plugs into the wall. But can a portable unit really solve your humidity problem?
Problems with Portable Units
There are two main problems with portable units. The first is: distribution of moisture. Portable units come in various sizes based on the number of square feet that they unit can cover. Even if you purchase a unit that can handle the square footage of your home, the moisture will never reach all areas. No matter where you place the unit, the moisture will not travel between floors or rooms in enough quantity to solve the humidity problem for the entire home. What you will end up with is one room that has good humidity levels and the rest of the home will be dry as a desert. You would need to install a portable unit in every room in order to get the results that one whole house humidifier could provide.
The second major problem with portable units is there need to constant maintenance. Portable units do not have a water supply to hook up to. Therefore, you must fill the unit up with water manually every few days. Also, this type of unit needs to be cleaned on a weekly basis. Dirt, debris, bacteria, and mold will build up on portable units if they are not well maintained. If this were to happen, you could end up with a much worse air quality problem because mold and bacteria more harmful to your health than a little dry air. Overall, portable units are high maintenance, and after buying 5 or more to compensate for all the rooms in the home, the cost will be much higher than purchasing and installing one whole house humidifier.
Whole House Humidifiers
Whole house humidifiers solve both of the problems that portable units are known for. For starters, the whole house unit solves the distribution problem by being incorporated into your existing central comfort system. This type of unit is installed on the furnace, and as air is pulled into the furnace for heating, the humidifier distributes moisture into the air before it is sent back to each of the rooms in the home. Any room in the home that has a supply vent, which should be every room that receives heat, will have improved humidity levels. Whole house units are built with special features that help distribute moisture evenly to every area of the home with the use of only one unit.
The high maintenance issue is also solved by a whole house humidifier. These units are hooked up into a water line for the home. Therefore, whole house humidifiers do not have to be constantly filled up with water because the system will do it for you. Also, these units require very low maintenance. In fact, these units only need to be cleaned out and have their filter replaced once a year! If you are one of those people who have their furnace cleaned and checked yearly, just have your service technician clean out the humidifier at the same time.
It is pretty obvious to see that portable units are not the way to solve a whole house humidity problem. You may think that purchasing a whole house humidifier through an HVAC company is a hassle, but when you choose Four Seasons, we make it easy! From the initial sale through the installation, you will find that with the help of Four Seasons your humidity problem will be a thing of the past in no time at all.