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Feature Friday: Aprilaire 500 Humidifier

Cold, wintry conditions mean dry air in your home. Dry air can cause respiratory issues, especially to vulnerable populations like children, the elderly and those with existing conditions such as asthma. Humidifiers are a great way to combat dry conditions and create a comfortable and healthy atmosphere in your home.

We have previously looked at how humidifiers work. There are a few different options in types of humidifiers. It is also important that your humidifier matches your space. There is no point in having a humidifier capable of adding humidity to the air of a 5,000 square foot space if your apartment is a tenth of that size.

For smaller to medium size homes, the Aprilaire 500 is a great, economical option, which is why it is this week’s Feature Friday product.


Aprilaire has been a trusted name in the humidifier market since 1954, when it became famous for introducing the first truly effective whole-home humidifier. Since then, Aprilaire has expanded to produce a full line of indoor air quality products. Aprilaire has maintained its reputation of being customer-driven and on the cutting edge of innovation.

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Aprilaire is a subsidiary of Research Products Corporation.

Why the Aprilaire 500 Air Humidifier is right choice for you

The Aprilaire 500 is installed directly into your HVAC ductwork. It is an evaporative humidifier, which makes it quicker to install and very durable. Evaporative humidifiers are a great option for cold climates like Edmonton because there is no risk of freezing impacting your humidifier, as it can with steam humidifiers.

The Aprilaire 500 is built for homes 2,000 square feet or less, though home details may impact this designation. For example, older, drafty homes that are close to 2,000 square feet may want to invest in a more powerful Aprilaire option, like the Aprilaire 600.

Other Aprilaire 500 features

The Aprilaire 500 has an evaporation capacity of half a gallon per hour or 12 gallons per day, which allows it to comfortably humidify your home.

This model also features a built-in bypass damper, which means less time to install. Bypass models allow for air from the HVAC system to be drawn through the evaporator pad from the supply duct to the return duct.

It is recommended that your humidifier be shut down during the humid summer months, of course. This will happen automatically through your humidistat and furnace. Be sure to close the bypass damper when you’re running your AC to optimize your cooling capacity.

If you’re starting to notice the air in your home has become dry or you’re developing some ongoing respiratory issues like a cough, a humidifier can significantly improve your comfort level. It will also help to reduce static electricity in your home. Contact us today to discuss your humidifier needs!

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