Choosing the Right Whole-Home Humidifier for Your Furnace

September 29, 2017

It won’t be long before we are adjusting our thermostats to provide us warmer air and make our homes nice and cozy during the winter. And warmer air equates to drier air that can affect our overall health. You may have never thought about monitoring humidity levels inside, or maybe you’re trying to find just the ideal balance. We’ve talked about the benefits of a whole-home humidifier from reducing the chances of getting sick to helping with your skin. But how do you know which system is the best for your family?

If you aren’t familiar, a whole-home humidifier uses water directly from your water supply and the water panel only needs to be changed a couple times through the heating season. There are more up-front costs to begin, but there is less maintenance, lower energy costs and mold prevention in the end.

There are a couple factors you’ll need to consider when looking at a whole-home humidifier.

  • Size—The size and capacity of a humidifier is based on gallons per day of operation. One way to determine what size you should get is to take your total floor area and multiply it by the height of the ceiling. This will help determine how many gallons per hour is necessary and be a guide as you assess your options.
  • Budget—There are initial costs when purchasing the humidifier equipment, but it’s important to also consider how much money will go into operation and maintenance. There are many models that can help meet the needs in your home while adhering to a budget you are comfortable with.

Each house is different. Our experts at Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can offer you a home health report to help you determine which humidifier is appropriate for your home. And our assessment will confirm you are getting the best solution to fit your current HVAC system. We want to make sure you rest easy during the colder weather and that you have the support you need to maintain proper indoor air quality. You can reach us at or visit our online scheduler to make an appointment.

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