In San Antonio, the humidity levels tend to be on the high side, so we seldom have to worry about adding moisture to our home’s air. Still, there might be some scenario where you would consider a whole house humidifier for your home. Let’s have a look at what those might be.
What Is a Whole House Humidifier?
First, what is the difference between a whole house humidifier and a portable model? Portable humidifiers can be moved from room to room as needed and must be filled with water and cleaned out. The advantage is they cost less than whole house models and can just be turned on where and when you need them.
Whole house humidifiers are plumbed through your HVAC system. There are several different types, but many homeowners prefer the type that adds mist or steam to a home’s air. They are plumbed into the home’s plumbing system, so do not need filling or cleaning. They operate more efficiently than a portable unit, and distribute moisture evenly. Plus, they operate more quietly than portable units and are out of sight.
Why You Might Need a Whole House Humidifier
Every now and then, the humidity falls in San Antonio, and you may find your home air on the dry side — say, below 40 percent. In winter, that can be a problem, as cool air holds less moisture than warm air. Perhaps during a cool spell you start feeling that your skin or nasal passages are drying out and becoming irritated from the dry air. Dry air also increases the chances for viruses to pass from one individual to another.
A portable humidifier might do the trick to raise humidity sufficiently to bring relief, but if you’re particularly sensitive to dry air, you might need to install a whole house model.
Some homeowners have possessions that might be damaged by excessively dry conditions — particularly those made of wood, for instance, which might dry out and crack.
For more on the advantages of whole house humidifiers, contact Beyer Boys. We provide HVAC maintenance, repairs and installations in San Antonio.