Whole House Humidifier Installation & Repair
Improve the Indoor Air Quality of your Wisconsin Home
Keeping your home comfortable goes beyond choosing the right temperature and HVAC system. Having good indoor air quality also involves having good humidity levels. Dry air can cause a range of problems, such as cracking wallpaper or wooden features and furnishings, aggravated asthma and dry skin. Adding humidity back into the air with a whole house humidifier can relieve these issues and others. Whole house humidifiers release water vapor into the air at your desired level for a comfort you can feel—and breathe. Our Milwaukee area HVAC technicians can help you make the best decision for your home.
Benefits of Installing a Whole House Humidifier
Before you start piling on the lotion and lip balm, there are plenty of reasons to consider investing in a whole house humidifier:
- Good for skin and hair: Humans need water both internally and externally. While staying hydrated by drinking water is important, so is keeping your environment at the right moisture level. Extra humidity can help your hair stay strong and your skin glowing with health.
- Reduces snoring: Dry airways make for rough breathing. Adding humidity reduces the causes of snoring for a quiet, restful night.
- Better temperature regulation: Humidity affects the way we perceive and experience temperature. More humidity makes the air feel warmer even at lower temperatures.
- Reduces allergens and airborne viruses: Scientific studies have proven that increased levels of humidity kill off airborne viruses. A hydrated respiratory system can also help your body fight colds and heal faster.
- Soothes asthma symptoms: More moisture can ease breathing difficulties from asthma, allergies and dry sinuses.
- Wood and wallpaper love it too: Dry air can cause wood to crack and wallpaper to peel. Keep your house in mint condition with consistent humidity levels.
- Prevents static electricity: We may think of static as an annoying part of doing laundry, but it can also be dangerous. Static electricity can build up in an object, putting you at risk of electrocution, or it can create a spark, causing a gas explosion. Humidity limits the chances of static in the home.
Choosing Your Whole House Humidifier
When it comes to finding a whole house humidifier, you have many options to choose from. Although the choices can seem overwhelming, there are three main factors to consider before making a final decision:
Standalone vs Central Whole House Humidifiers
When most people think of humidifiers, they imagine standalone models that can be plugged in and placed anywhere. A standalone whole house humidifier has the advantages of portability and independence from a ducted HVAC system. This type of humidifier is great for ductless homes and apartments. A standalone will require more maintenance since it isn’t connected to your home’s water supply.
A central whole house humidifier can easily fit into a ducted house. Attaching a humidifier to your central heating and cooling system could be a good investment if you live in a dry climate or want to save money on heat during winter. Central air humidifiers are quiet, out of sight and more energy efficient.
Evaporative vs Steam vs Ultrasonic Humidifiers
Ultrasonic humidifiers use vibrations to vaporize water. They’re popular for their sleek designs and extremely quiet, almost silent operation. Ultrasonic humidifiers are great for people who need higher moisture levels but can’t tolerate any extra noises. However, regular maintenance is required to keep mineral build up caused by hard water from creating and releasing dust. Using distilled water can prevent this build up.
Evaporative humidifiers blow air across evaporating water. This type of humidifier is easy to maintain because its filter design reduces the risk of dust. Their simple method of operating makes them low maintenance and low cost. Because they use a fan to distribute the water vapor, evaporative humidifiers make a humming noise that some people may find annoying.
Steam, or warm mist, humidifiers heat water with electricity until it boils and then use a blower to distribute the steam. If a steam humidifier is connected to your furnace and the ducts are in a conditioned area, it can use the fan to distribute the humidity without needing the furnace on. This type of humidifier is powerful, low maintenance and easy to install.
Warm vs. Cool Mist Humidifiers
Warm mist humidifiers are loved for their ability to resist mold and bacteria that can grow inside the unit. The steam or warm mist they produce contains fewer minerals than cool mist humidifiers. Some warm mist humidifiers even contain a chamber to add medication to the steam. One main drawback is that the heating component or heated water can be dangerous around children and pets if not kept out of reach.
Cool mist humidifiers use less electricity and are less expensive because they don’t need heating elements. Not using heat also makes them safer for children and pets to be around without getting burned. Cool mist humidifiers are great for hot and dry climates.
Hartlaub’s Humidifier Installation & Repair Services
No matter what type of humidifier you choose, Hartlaub is there to help. Our expert HVAC technicians can install, repair and maintain your standalone or central whole house humidifier for better breathing and indoor air quality.
When it comes to customer service, our technicians go above and beyond to deliver great service and a good experience. We will let you know exactly who is coming to your house and when with a technician profile text complete with live tracking. Need to stay hydrated while you wait? We can pick up some bottled water for you. At Hartlaub, we do more.