With the cooler tempertures as of late your home's heat is most likely working over-time. This abundance of heat can dry out the air in your home and lead to various problems. Besides dry skin, the dry air can also affect your respiratory system. This is especially true if you or others in your home are prone to allergies or are asthmatic.
One thing we can suggest is to implement a whole-house humidifier. If you don't mind tackling a pretty involved DIY project, you can install one yourself. Of course, it's always best to let a MTB professional do the installation to ensure the job is done properly. You may see whole house humidifiers sold at the big box stores, but these generally don't perform very well. The humidifiers that we recommend and install range from $500-$1600. This is a big range, mainly because there are many different types of humidifiers. We will discuss a few in this post.
Steam humidifiers – The steam humidifiers are generally the most expensive, but they are usually the best for a few reasons. These actually watch the humidity in your home and will activate the blower every time it senses a drop in the humidity level.
Spray mist humidifiers – These humidifiers actually spray a mist into your ducts, which is carried throughout your home via the forced air of your HVAC system. This is one of the most common and easiest humidifiers to install. Most home owners will find these to work well in moderate climates.
Flow-through humidifiers - Flow-through humidifiers use a foam or aluminum pad to absorb water, which is then blown through the ducts by your blower fan. The bypass humidifier pad should be replaced every fall to prevent mold growth and allow proper operation. If your home has hard water, you may need to clean or replace your bypass humidifier pad more frequently.
Wicking humidifiers – the simplest type of humidifier, wicking humidifiers consist of little more than a small reservoir and a filter. The filter absorbs water from the reservoir (wicking) and the water is blown through your ducts via the blower fan.
Wicking humidifiers are fairly cheap, but they can be a bit of a pain. In order to clean a wicking humidifier, you need to remove the whole unit from your ducts and then put it back in.
Drum humidifiers – drum humidifiers use a drum shaped rotating frame that is partly submerged in water and continually picks up water to be blown through the ducts by your furnace blower. Drum humidifiers require more maintenance than any other type of humidifier, as mold spores can easily develop on the drum and motor and can be flung into your ductwork (and home) relatively easily.
Of course, introducting a new component to your HVAC system, means more maintainence. Ask about our maintainence packages, because humidifiers can be included in certain packages.
For more on whole house filtration and humidifier systems contact your specialist at MTB Mechanical today!