The air is beginning to dry up in the Pacific Northwest now that autumn is here. This can hamper your breathing if you have allergies. A humidifier inside your home can improve the indoor air quality and keep allergen levels in check. As a homeowner, should you consider whole-house or portable humidifiers for your residence?
A whole-house humidifier is a permanent fixture mounted to the home furnace or HVAC unit.
- The humidifier is mostly maintenance-free for the homeowner. The unit auto-adjusts to keep the home at the optimal moisture level. You also don’t have to refill the system since it acquires water from a water supply line.
- It’s cost-effective. Humidifiers use minimal energy and water. It can also regulate moisture in the whole home and not just a single room.
- Every room is at the same moisture level. You don’t have the option of controlling the settings for individual rooms.
- Setup is easy. Just plug it in, pour some water, and it’s ready to use.
- They come in a variety of designs, including animal shapes that make them ideal for a child’s bedroom.
- You can regulate moisture levels for each individual room.
- Portable humidifiers are more expensive to operate because the appliance consumes more power.
- It’s heavy maintenance. You have to refill the unit, usually every day, with distilled water.
Aurora Edmunds Furnace Cleaning can inspect and clean whole-house humidifiers as part of annual furnace maintenance. This should also include air duct and dryer vent cleaning, since these two components can also lead to allergies. Whole-house and portable humidifiers are terrific investments if your home has occupants that are susceptible to allergies.
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