Home Humidification

What is Home Humidification

The ideal indoor humidity level of your home should be between 30% and 50%, however, moisture moves in and out of your home constantly without your control or knowledge. A whole home humidification system helps keep your home’s moisture level exactly where you need it.

Dry air can affect your comfort in a number of different ways. For one thing, you’re likely to notice that your skin feels dried out, and you might even find that you have to apply a lot of lotions and lip balms. However, there are issues that can arise when there is too much moisture in the air as well. Signs that a home humidification system may be needed to regulate your moisture levels include:

Signs of Low Humidity

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Static electricity
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Bacteria
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Dust
  • Dry eyes
  • Cracked wood
  • Indoor pathogens
  • Sore throat

Signs of High Humidity

  • Chipping concrete and masonry
  • Musty and mildew odors
  • Sweating on pipes and ductwork
  • Moisture near doors and windows
  • Warped, cracked or damaged wood
  • Discoloration and condensation near your HVAC system
  • Mold and mildew
  • Damp and stuffy rooms

A home humidification system can help to alleviate the discomfort that comes from these issues, and it may even help to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. In addition, it can also help you to stay healthy. When you get sick, your body has a harder time recovering when your sinuses are dried out.

When it comes to having successful a humidification system there are three basic methods to add moisture into the air- stream, water vapor, and water droplets. The humidifiers that we use for our commercial clients are much more complex than the humidifiers we use in your home, however, the general principles remain the same.

A humidification system can be a unit that is localized or it can be a compact unit that is located near the distribution piping. It is because of this along with other complex specifications that humidification systems and their controls must be installed by a professional. This will help to prevent any problems arising due to improper installation from occurring.

Hiring a professional will also allow for peace of mind when it comes to meeting the federal, state, and local requirements and standards. When preparing for your humidification services make sure to discuss what requirements need to be met in order for your system to be compliant with different Virginia laws.

Benefits of Whole-Home Humidification

Unlike portable humidifiers that are designed to work in a small more confined area, a home humidification system works to automatically measure the humidity levels in your home to determine whether or not moisture needs to be added or removed from the air.

With a home humidification system, there is also no need to take away water or add water because this system gets water from your plumbing system and releases water through your drains. Some other benefits include:

  • It moisturizes the air and provides skin and respiratory
  • It helps to prevent drying and cracking furniture, woodwork, and art
  • It gives you clean, comfortable air

Home Humidification also works to:

  • Reduce illnesses and other health issues: Dry and itchy skin along with a dry throat and other similar symptoms can be avoided with a home humidification system. These systems work to prevent germs from being able to enter the body in the first place.
  • Reduces the presence of static electricity: With many people working from home and doing online schooling there are many more electronic devices around. When the air is too dry and it combines with the static electricity being produced it can cause some serious damage.
  • Increases your comfort: The last place you want to feel uncomfortable is in your own home, and a home humidification system will help increase you and your family's overall comfortability.
  • Reduces your heating costs: Usually when you warm the air you are also decreasing the amount of moisture in the air too. This can cause you to feel much colder which is why having a home humidification system will help to balance not only your moisture levels but also your temperature levels too.

There are two different types of home humidification systems that people typically choose from and those are bypass humidifiers and power humidifiers. Both operate in a similar way but have a few key differences.

Bypass Humidifier

This type of humidification system hooks onto your furnace’s ductwork. When the furnace blower is running, water gets added to the filtered panel, and then hot air will blow through this panel adding water droplets into the air that is being circulated.

Power Humidifier

This humidifier has a blower that is built-in, which allows it to run whether or not the HVAC unit is running or not. This system creates more moisture in comparison to a bypass humidifier which is why they are typically ideal for larger homes.

Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which type of humidifier will be best for your home!

Let Us Help Take Care of your Home Humidification Installation and Maintenance

Just like your HVAC system itself, we highly recommend regular humidification maintenance. This helps to ensure that your system is running smoothly and that your system is still meeting the required standards and codes. During this maintenance we will be able to check if your humidity sensor and your range of operation are operating within the recommend humidity within your industry’s guidelines. Our team will then communicate the findings with you and help develop a plan of action if something is not working properly.

The humidification process can be a bit complex, however, with over 17 years of experience in the industry, our team at Express Tech Air can tackle all of your home humidification needs.

Our team of trained technicians will help you determine which home humidification system is best suited for your home and your needs. If you are looking to improve your home’s indoor air quality give us a call today, we can’t wait to help you breathe easier!