Having to live with dry air in the home can be uncomfortable for the whole family. It tends to result in nosebleeds and scratchy throats, and encourages nasal congestion too. It can also damage your wood furniture and flooring by drying it out quickly, which leads to cracks.
The best way to manage the air quality in your home is to use a whole-house humidifier. These humidifiers work by adding moisture into the air, providing instant relief for your furniture and your symptoms. There are two types of whole house humidifiers- one that can be installed as a permanent fixture on your furnace, and a portable one.
You’ll want to take the time to compare your options before deciding which one is the best deal for you. The following considerations will make your comparison shopping easy and effective:
Home Size is Important
Factor in your home’s square footage so you can determine what size humidifier you’ll need. Each humidifier is rated to work within specific square footage amounts so you can easily figure out which will work for homes of your size.
Stand-alone humidifiers tend to require more maintenance than permanent options, because they have to continuously be refilled with water. However, they are usually easier and less expensive to repair.
Permanent humidifiers installed on your furnace take up a lot of resources that stand-alone options don’t. You’ll have to decide which maintenance requirements you are most willing and capable to commit to on a long term basis.
Automatic or Manual?
Make sure that you are clear about whether or not each whole-house humidifier you consider purchasing offers automatic or manual controls. Automatic machines allow you to set the humidity level once, and then turn themselves off and back on again as needed. Manual options need to be monitored and switched on and off by hand when humidity levels starts to rise or fall.
For more great advice about whole home humidifiers, contact us so we can walk you through the process of choosing your new unit. We proudly serve the Monmouth County and surrounding areas.
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