Maintaining Ideal Humidity In Your Terre Haute Home

whole-house humidifier terre haute indianaThe ideal humidity level in your home almost never happens naturally. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cites humidity levels between 45 and 55 percent for both health and comfort. During an Indiana summer, humidity nearly always exceeds that mark. During winter, it’s usually below the recommended level. Even when outdoor relative humidity meets or exceeds that standard, indoor levels may still fall short. Gas-fired furnaces and other appliances consume naturally humidified household air, which is replaced by infiltrating dry winter air from outside. Portable room humidifiers treat only single rooms and are maintenance-intensive. Here’s how a whole-house humidifier utilizes your HVAC ductwork to bring the ideal humidity level to every room in your home.

A whole house humidifier connects directly to your central air ducts. Because all the air in your home is circulated through the system on a continuous basis, the entire air supply is treated. A wall-mounted humidistat senses humidity levels in the air, much the same way a thermostat senses temperature, and adjusts the humidity level in the air to your setting. The humidistat displays current house humidity on an LCD screen and offers user-friendly programming. Whole-house humidifiers utilize one of two technologies to add humidity to the air:

  • Drum style humidifiers incorporate a rotating drum covered with a sponge material that picks up water from a tray and exposes it the airflow created by the blower in your furnace system. This moisture is conveyed into the ductwork and throughout your home.
  • Panel style humidifiers are considered more efficient and lower maintenance. A thin sheet of water is dispersed over a finely-perforated aluminum panel, quickly turning into water vapor in the furnace air stream and dispersing into the ducts.

The Wabash Valley’s oldest home energy contractor, Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning has served area homeowners since 1922. Give us a call and let us share our expertise in maintaining ideal humidity levels in your home this winter.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about maintaining ideal humidity and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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