We get asked all the time about controlling humidity in people’s house. Let’s face it the dry air in Colorado is both a huge benefit of why our weather is so enjoyable here. It makes our cold days warmer, and our hot days cooler. And it really makes the summer heat more bearable during the day and gives us our cool, comfortable evenings we enjoy so much.
But Colorado’s dry air can also mean your skin, eyes, nose, and throat all get too dry, which is uncomfortable. The low humidity in your home doesn’t just affect you it affects your home furnishings and belongings too. It can cause all sorts of warping problems with wood floors and furniture. It even can affect guitars and your piano!
Adding a humidifier to your house can solve those problems and give you more benefits like:
- Reduced heating bills
During our cool season, the extra moisture actually makes you feel warmer, which means you might be able to turn the heat down
- Reduce the risk of infections
Viruses and bacteria don’t travel well in moist air
- Fewer electric shocks
Your family pet will love you because adding humidity will lessen static electricity in the home, meaning fewer shocking experiences for them!
- Improved sleep
Raising the humidity can help lessen snoring for people who are prone to it
- Healthier houseplants
Plants will improve indoor air quality by pulling more toxins out of the air with proper humidity
Would a humidifier help my Boulder home?
Dry air can be the root of many problems in the wintertime, but luckily it can be easily avoided with the use of a humidifier. The installation of a whole-house humidifier will allow you to breathe in warm, moist air, which can prevent many of these problems with proper sizing and installation.
The type of humidifier that would work best for your situation depends on your budget and the size of the area that needs moisture. Some common options are:
Bypass Humidifiers add moisture to the warm air from a furnace. These whole house humidifiers draw warm air from the home’s heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture which is delivered back into the air stream then into your home. Bypass humidifiers can be installed on either the Supply or Return plenum of a forced air handling system. For those who don’t have a floor drain, there is a Drainless Bypass Humidifier available. These drainless styles recirculate their own water, minimizing water usage.
Fan-Powered Humidifiers work the same way as a bypass humidifier but include a fan that blows air across the internal pad (water panel) for increased water evaporation. Power humidifiers can generally produce a gallon more of humidity each day compared to the bypass humidifier. The electricity required for the internal fan equals that of a 25-watt light bulb. Powered flow-through systems don’t require a bypass duct, therefore they can be installed in smaller spaces. Power whole house humidifiers are perfect for homes built on slabs or with HVAC systems in a closet.
Steam Humidifiers add humidity to the air by heating water electrically until it boils to create humidity in the form of steam even if the furnace isn’t on. The steam is picked up by the system blower then pushed throughout the home vents. Steam humidifiers offer the fastest and most efficient method of increasing and maintaining the appropriate and comfortable level of humidity in your home. Additionally, steam whole house humidifiers deliver a pure and best natural form of humidity that’s introduced through your entire home. Steam humidifiers will run moisture as needed, regardless of your current heating or air conditioning situation.
My team is always ready and able to assess your home and make suggestions if needed. Give us a call at (303) 442-6640 or contact us online.