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Furnace Solutions FAQ: How Does my Humidifier Work?

As colder temperatures arrive alongside fall, the air also changes. Dry fall and winter air can cause problems from cold symptoms to inflamed respiratory conditions to simple discomfort. Just as dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air during humid summer months, humidifiers add moisture to combat dry air. This creates a healthier and more comfortable space in your home or place of business.

You should consider a humidifier, or upgrading your existing system, if you notice dry air or are experiencing any of the following symptoms: dry skin, sore throat, dry sinuses, bloody nose or any aggravated respiratory problems.

So, how do humidifiers work, anyway?

Why Heat Isn’t Enough

Cold air and dry air are related, but simply heating the air will not solve the problems related to dry air. While heat will make the space more comfortable, it does not add humidity or replace lost moisture. Humidifiers do have a positive benefit for your home heating efforts, though. Humidified air heats more easily, so you will notice a savings on both your furnace’s energy usage and your monthly gas bill.

Types of Humidifiers

There are a few different types of humidifiers, each of which increases the moisture in your indoor air through an invisible mist. At Furnace Solutions, we offer two different types of humidifiers: steam and bypass.

Steam Humidifiers

Steam humidifiers safely boil water and release the resulting mist into your ductwork. This adds both humidity and heat to the space. Steam humidifiers can be used to humidify whole homes; our Aprilaire 800 Steam Humidifier can humidify up to 6,200 square feet. Steam humidifiers are particularly useful when your home is heated without forced air, as they can operate separately from an HVAC system by using a blower.

Bypass Humidifiers

Unlike steam humidifiers, bypass humidifiers, like our Aprilaire Air options, do not need to heat water to provide moisture into the air. These humidifiers use the heat from your HVAC system to vaporize water into the air. Water flows from a distribution tray over a water panel evaporator. When dry, hot air from the furnace moves through this panel, natural evaporation occurs. The humidified air is distributed through your vents. Bypass humidifiers are easy to install and are extremely durable..

It is important that your indoor air maintains a humidity level between 30% and 50%. Any lower, and you’ll be susceptible to uncomfortable respiratory issues. Higher than 50% and your home is more likely to develop mold, bacteria and other problems. If you have questions about humidifiers, including which is best for you, contact the experts at Furnace Solutions today. We have the products, experience and know-how to keep your home comfortable, year-round.

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