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Humidifiers and HVAC: How They Work Together

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If you’re thinking of buying a humidifier to use with your HVAC system, you may be wondering how these two pieces of equipment work together, and if it’s possible to use them in conjunction with one another to create a comfortable indoor environment. To start, a humidifier uses warm air to vaporize water and adds moisture to the air, which is particularly helpful in arid climates or during cold months when the heating makes your home too dry. 

It’s worth noting that when your air has a higher humidity level, you don’t need to turn your heating up so much. This can also save you money on your monthly energy bill. There are several types of humidifiers to consider, and in this article we’ll explore the different types and discuss how they interact with your HVAC system. 

Bypass humidifier: If you have a furnace in your home, a bypass humidifier might be the best option for you. It works by collecting water in a tray, then the hot air from your furnace passes through the tray and picks up moisture before being pumped into your home. Bypass humidifiers reuse water so they aren’t wasteful, and they can be easily integrated into your existing HVAC system. 

Fan-powered humidifier: This is similar to a bypass humidifier, but it uses a fan to push the air through the water tray, resulting in increased water evaporation. Fan-powered humidifiers produce more humidity than bypass humidifiers – up to a gallon more each day – and are also more energy efficient. 

Steam humidifier: The fastest and most efficient way to maintain adequate humidity levels in your home. The steam humidifier works by boiling water then releasing the steam through your home’s ventilation system. These humidifiers are a very popular choice because they can be used with whatever type of HVAC system you have. 

Interested in a whole house humidifier? 

The whole house humidifiers mentioned above can help infuse your home with comfortable humidity levels and eliminate dry air. They provide many benefits including reducing dry skin, dry eyes, and dry nasal cavities, and they keep your hardwood floors and furniture in better condition too. 

If you’re ready to install a humidifier, contact your local plumbing company who can give you advice on the best type of humidifier based on your HVAC system. There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer, so schedule an inspection and get some professional recommendations. 

To learn more about how Crosstown Plumbing can help you with your humidifiers and HVAC system, please contact our team today. Discover why so many industry professionals in New Jersey choose us as their preferred plumbing supply company. 

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