Winter dryness creates indoor air quality issues for many Cincinnati homeowners. Dry skin, chapped lips, and several other health issues as well as damage to the home can result from being exposed to dry air constantly indoors.
By bringing moisture levels in the home up to a balanced point, humidifiers remedy dry air throughout the winter and year-round. Portable humidifiers can provide some relief, but whole-home humidifiers function with a home’s HVAC system to provide superior coverage. Portable and whole-home humidifiers have different capacities, maintenance needs, and noise levels – let’s see how they compare.
Portable versus whole-home humidifier capacity
Portable humidifiers can provide sufficient moisture for small spaces. In most units, water reservoirs must be replenished daily to ensure the unit humidifies properly.
Whole-home humidifiers work in conjunction with the home’s heating system, adding moisture to the hot air which is circulated throughout the interior spaces. The entire home can be treated, rather than a single room. These humidifiers are linked to the home’s main water supply, so there is no water reservoir to constantly fill.
Portable versus whole-home humidifier maintenance
Daily maintenance is required of most portable humidifiers, as the water reservoir requires constant replenishing. If not cleaned regularly, the water reservoir can host bacteria and mold growth.
Whole-home humidifiers are low maintenance in comparison. Homeowners simply must change the unit’s water panel once or two times per heating season, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.
Portable versus whole-home humidifier noise level
A portable humidifier heats water to add moisture to the air. This can create bubbling, causing quite a bit of noise. The unit’s fan can also be loud during operation. This operating noise can be very intrusive, as the units are typically situated in living areas and bedrooms.
A whole-home humidifier is connected to the home’s HVAC system, typically located out of sight and away from living areas. The entire home is humidified properly without noticeable operating noise.
Nelson Comfort offers superior whole-home humidification solutions, manufactured by Aprilaire. Our technicians are Aprilaire IAQ specialists – we’ll evaluate the indoor air quality needs of your home, and find the right equipment to create a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. Contact us today to learn more.