Whole House Humidifiers vs. Portable Humidifiers

One of the best investments a homeowner can make to brace the winter cold is to purchase a humidifier. The key role of a humidifier is to regulate moisture inside the home to balance out the cold, dry air outside. If the humidity indoors drops below 30%, there are many health risks that can arise due to the dry air. For example, one of the triggers of a respiratory infection is caused by constant inhalation of cold or dry air. Nosebleeds can also become frequent, as well as chapped lips and skin. Dry air can also harm wood pieces inside the home such as wood floors, pianos, antique furniture, and decorative woodwork. Like our skin, the dry air causes the wood to split and crack.

To save yourself from chronic winter health symptoms, a quick fix is to install a humidifier. However, the common question still remains: To purchase a whole house humidifier or a portable humidifier? Here are some pros and cons of each.

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Tips for Keeping Your Whole-House Humidifier in Top Shape

One of the most comfortable appliances you can invest in this winter is a whole-house humidifier. The dry Ohio air is friendly to none, leaving skin red and dry, and a sore throat that undoubtedly wakes us every morning. Not having a sufficient amount of humidity in the house is a result of the reoccurring winter side effects. To fix the problem, a whole-house humidifier regulates the amount of moisture in the home while providing some relief to winter ailments, and a financial benefit as well.

However, there is little benefit if the whole-house humidifier isn’t in complete working order, so here are some tips to keeping your whole-house humidifier in top working shape this season.


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Kick the Common Cold with a Whole-House Humidifier

With the winter season in full swing, there’s plenty of static cling and dry skin to go around, so it’s best to start preparing your home to brace for the harsh season ahead. One of the biggest complaints of winter is the constant dryness indoors which can lead to cold symptoms, dry skin and a constant dryness that eliminates any hope of a cozy winter day. Installing a whole-house humidifier is the cure for common winter heating ailments, with benefits including improved health, home efficiency and money savings.


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Whole-House Humidifier vs. Portable Humidifier

Many people realize that humidifiers are great at combating the unpleasant side effects of dry weather. Bloody noses, dry and itch eyes, sore throats, and cracked skin are all uncomfortable effects of the dry winter weather. To counter this, many people decide to buy a humidifier. One question they might ask is, “Why should I invest in a whole-house humidifier instead of a portable humidifier?” To answer the question, there are actually a number of reasons why it’s worth it to invest in a whole-house humidifier over a portable one.


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Whole-House Humidifier FAQs

There are plenty of reasons to install a whole-house humidifier, but you might still have some lingering questions. Here are some frequently asked questions about whole-home humidifiers.

Q: Do whole-home humidifiers cause mold build up in ductwork?

A: Evaporative whole-house humidifiers, which connect to forced air units, use moving air to absorb evaporating water. By doing this, the humidifiers add humidity to the air as a fully absorbed gas. Because an evaporative whole-house humidifier doesn’t spray any mist or use any standing water, there is no concern of mold growth when installed properly by a licensed HVAC contractor, such as Atlas Butler.


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Steam vs. Evaporative Whole-House Humidifier

We have talked about whole-house humidifiers quite a bit recently. In case you missed it, we have covered the basics and discussed the benefits of whole-house humidifiers. Deciding that the health and home benefits of a whole-house humidifier is worth the investment is step one. The next step is deciding which humidifier is best for your home. There are two types of whole-house humidifiers to choose from: steam and evaporative. We’ll explain how both work so that you can choose which one would be best for your home.


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What is a Whole-House Humidifier?

When many people think of humidifiers they think of small, portable humidifiers that can be used to treat a small area that tends to get very dry during the winter. These portable humidifiers are good for a single bedroom, but they are not very cost effective for making sure your home doesn’t get too dry. Whole-house humidifiers are much more effective for this purpose.

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