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Buyer’s Guide to Whole-Home Humidifiers

Buyer’s Guide to Whole-Home Humidifiers

If you’ve bought a portable humidifier for your home, you understand the relief that comes with a little extra moisture in the air. Compared to our dry climate on the Front Range, the right level of humidity in a home can decrease your chances of suffering distracting allergy symptoms and getting sick. But, too much humidity can leave to problems like mold, condensation, and pests.

To take full advantage of humidifying your home, a home humidifier may be the next step in improving your home heating and cooling system. Not only can it reach further than the standard plug-in most or steam humidifier, but it’s also more effective in providing moisture evenly across your home’s rooms.

There are a few types of whole-home humidifiers that are mounted near or on the furnace. Essentially, a humidifier receives air from your hot air supply, adds moisture, and sends the air along through your return vents. Flow-through, reservoir, and steam humidifier types all do the job in different ways. Flow-through humidifiers keep air and moisture moving and avoid standing water, which is often the culprit of bacteria growth in homes.

Any humidifier will need access to your home’s cold water supply, via a pipe and valve system. Water flowing to your humidifier will be monitored by an electric solenoid, which is controlled by a humidistat. That’s a sort of thermostat for your home humidifier, which regulates humidity and keeps it between 30% and 45%. You can program humidistats to your desired level of moisture, but letting a professional handle the settings can help you avoid letting too much moisture enter your home. Ask one of our experts at JM Heating & Cooling about home humidifier components, safe humidity levels, and correct valve assembly—our services include recommendations and installations of all types of whole-home humidifiers on the market.

Like any other appliance with a water supply, flow-through humidifiers drain excess water through a pipe. Of course, reservoir humidifiers don’t do this, but a flow-through system may eventually prevent any pests or issues that come with having standing water in your home.

When choosing a whole-home humidifier, make sure to use our expertise as a valuable guide. We’re here to help you make the right cost-effective decisions about your home and improve your family’s comfort.

Call JM Heating & Cooling today with your whole-home humidifier repair and installation needs. We’re also happy to talk with you about humidifier options for your home. If you’re looking for relief from Colorado’s dry mountain air, we’ve got you covered.


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