Furnace Humidifiers 101

Edmonton winters can be bitterly cold and unbearably dry. Dry winter air can aggravate allergies and asthma, our skin is always dry, and we seem to be perpetually sick. We all have furnaces to keep us warm and combat the cold, but how do we combat the dry? Simple, we can fight back by installing a furnace humidifier.

What are the advantages?

  • No clutter. Furnace humidifiers take up virtually no visible space, as opposed to freestanding ones that will need space in each room.
  • Full house humidified. Instead of humidifying one room at a time, furnace humidifiers will allow you to pump moisture throughout your entire home at once.
  • Save money on heating. Moist air feels warmer, so you won’t be setting your temperature as high.
  • Low maintenance. Furnace humidifiers connect to your water supply, so you won’t need to worry about the weight or hassle of constantly filling a tank.

How do they work?

Furnace humidifiers are installed right into your pre-existing HVAC system. All of the air circulating throughout your home will need to flow through the humidifier. There are three types of humidifiers: steam, flow-through, and drum humidifiers. Between the three types, there is a humidifier for every home and budget.

That sounds great, but don’t they cause mold?

With proper care, furnace humidifiers will not cause mold. Making sure that your home is properly ventilated will protect your family from anything unwanted growing in your ducts. Keep an eye on rooms where humidity is created, like bathrooms, laundry rooms and even your kitchen. You may need to turn off your humidifier while these spaces are in use.

Furnace humidifiers are an efficient, cost-effective way to keep you comfortable in your home. If you want to know more about how a furnace humidifier may be right for you, give us a call today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your home!

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