One of the features that you can add when getting a new furnace is a whole-house humidifier. This is because the air that is produced from a furnace is typically warm and dry, and moisture needs to be incorporated into the air to make your home much more comfortable. However, there are multiple types of humidifiers that you can add to your HVAC system, which makes the selection process a bit confusing. Here is what you need to know about your options.
A drip humidifier is an entry-level humidifier. It is going to be the cheapest of all humidifiers, which is why they are so common. Water essentially drips over a screen that air passes through before going to your ductwork. The humidifier unit itself is also smaller, which works great for small spaces where a furnace is installed. However, these humidifiers tend to waste a bit of water, which may be a concern for some homeowners. The operation of the humidifier also requires a very strong fan, so it may struggle with a smaller home that uses a smaller furnace.
Power Fan Humidifier
What makes a power fan humidifier different is that it works independently of the furnace. Unlike the bypass humidifier, a power fan humidifier does not require that the furnace is running for it to add humidity into the air. This is because the humidifier has its own fan that can push air through the device and into your ductwork. The physical size of this humidifier is quite large and must be installed on a supply duct. If the supply duct is in a tight space, a power fan humidifier may not be an option.
A steam humidifier is designed to improve humidity for a much larger space, such as a business or very large home. This is typically not used in residential homes, but it can be an option if you have humidity problems if you want to address. The machine does require air movement and has its own independent blower, which helps have better control over the humidity that ends up in the air. The downside to this type of unit is going to be the cost and the size because it is bigger and more expensive than the previous two options. It may also require its own circuit on your electrical panel due to how much electricity it uses.
For more information on whole-home humidifiers and furnaces, contact a local HVAC company.
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