Humidifiers and Electronic Air Cleaners

Humidifiers and electronic air cleaners are two HVAC accessories that can easily be retrofitted to almost any existing HVAC system.  Both are economical and will vastly improve the comfort of the occupants, as well as the indoor air quality of the home, which impacts the health of the occupants, especially those with allergies, asthma and other respiratory health issues. 

Many HVAC systems dry out both the occupants of the home, as well as the home itself because the air is dry.  This is especially true with gas fired furnaces, where the air is very dry.  It impacts people by drying out the mucus membranes in the nose and nasal passages, which leads to nose bleeds and dry skin during the winter.  The wood materials in the home are also impacted as the moisture is drawn out of the materials leading to moldings cracking and gaps opening up on hardwood floors.  The installation of a humidifier reintroduces moisture into the air, which results in the occupants of the home being more comfortable and the building materials staying stable. 

Electronic air cleaners are an excellent way to further eliminate germs, dust and other pollutants that exist in the air in a home.   As with humidifiers, there are number of different types on the market, with some being better than others on the size of the particles captured.  All electronic air cleaners will need some periodic maintenance such as cleaning or replacement of the filter media. 

A qualified HVAC technician can easily install both of these products within a day.  The humidifier will require a small line to be run from a water pipe to the unit, as well as a power supply.  The air cleaner will require some minor modification to the ductwork as well as a power supply.  Both will dramatically improve the indoor air quality in the home!

Humidify Your Home for Winter Comfort

Using a humidifier in your home during the winter can be beneficial to you and your family’s health and comfort.  Even in areas of the country that have relatively high humidity throughout most of the year, a humidifier may be necessary indoors during the winter months to keep your home in the ideal humidity range.

According to most experts, the humidity in your home should be between 30 percent and 60 percent.  Low humidity can cause or aggravate many health problems including respiratory problems and can increase the risk of catching colds.  Low humidity causes dry, cracked skin, and chapped lips.  In addition, if the humidity in your home is too low it can cause problems with wood furniture, trim, and floors.  The wood can get too dry and crack or split.  Low humidity levels also increase the risk of static electricity that can harm computer and other electronics.

A humidifier can help you keep your home at a comfortable humidity level throughout the winter.  Portable humidifiers can do a good job, but most are only designed to humidify one room at a time.  You will need to move the humidifier frequently to keep the humidity in your home even from room to room.  Portable humidifiers also need frequent attention.  They have to be kept filled with water and also have to be cleaned carefully.  Mold, mildew, or any other organic growth in the water tank can aggravate allergies.

Whole house humidifiers are an excellent alternative.  These work in conjunction with your HVAC system to automatically regulate the humidity level throughout your home.  A reputable local HVAC contractor that handles residential HVAC replacement and installation can help you select and install a properly sized whole house humidifier that works well with your HVAC system.