In the past few years, whole-home humidifiers have become increasingly more popular for Utah homeowners. Our dry climate necessitates the need for these HVAC accessories for comfortable and healthy breathing. In order for a humidifier to function to its maximum capabilities, it should be installed by an experienced HVAC contractor.
Types of Humidifiers:
Bypass Humidifiers. These humidifiers use the air movement of the ductwork to humidify the air. Because the air on the supply side of the ductwork has a slightly higher velocity than the air on the return side, air will be pulled through a moist pad while the furnace is in operation.
Fan-powered Humidifiers. This type of humidifier is mounted to the ductwork and uses a fan to push humidified air through the vents. A water line is installed to the humidifier which wets a pad. The fan forces air through this pad. Excess water is drained to a floor drain or condensate pump. The humidistat automatically controls the furnace and humidifier fan.
Steam Humidifiers. These humidifiers have a heating element that creates steam, which is incorporated into the duct system while the furnace fan is running. It has the potential to produce the most humidity when compared to other residential humidifiers. This humidifier is quiet as well. A canister is used and does need to be replaced periodically. The levels of hard water in your home will affect how often this needs to be done.