The dry air in Colorado is both a huge benefit of why our weather is so enjoyable here. It makes our cold days warmer, and our hot days cooler. And it really makes the summer heat much more comfortable during the day and gives us our cool down in the evenings we enjoy so much.
But lack of humidity like here in Colorado can also mean your skin, eyes, nose, and throat all get too dry, which is uncomfortable. The low humidity in your home doesn’t just affect you and your chapped lips, it affects your home furnishings and belongings too. It can cause all sorts of warping problems with wood like gapping in hardwood floors, and kitchen cabinets.
We can install a premium humidifier right onto your current ventilation system so you can have perfect humidity levels throughout the entire house. This can really help with:
- Lower utility bills
- During our cool season, the extra moisture actually makes you feel warmer, which means you might be able to turn the heat down on your thermostat
- Improve Overall health
- Reduce the risk of infections as viruses and bacteria don’t travel well in moist air
- Relieves dry skin, chapped lips, and sore throats
- Fewer electric shocks
- Adding humidity will lessen static electricity in the home, meaning fewer shocking experiences!
- Protects hardwood floors from drying and shrinking up
- Also protects furniture and cabinets from drying and cracking (and your piano or guitar)
Options When Considering Humidification Systems
Dry air can be easily avoided with the use of a humidifier. And in Colorado, it is needed in all seasons not just the winter like most of the country. The type of humidifier that would work best for your situation depends on the size of the area that needs moisture. Here are some common options:
- Bypass Humidifiers add moisture to the warm air from a furnace. These whole house humidifiers draw warm air from the home’s heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture which is delivered back into the air stream then into your home. Bypass humidifiers can be installed on either the Supply or Return plenum of a forced air handling system. For those who don’t have a floor drain, there is a Drainless Bypass Humidifier available. These drainless styles recirculate their own water, minimizing water usage.
- Fan-Powered Humidifiers work the same way as a bypass humidifier but include a fan that blows air across the internal pad (water panel) for increased water evaporation. Power humidifiers can generally produce a gallon more of humidity each day compared to the bypass humidifier. The electricity required for the internal fan equals that of a 25-watt light bulb. Powered flow-through systems don’t require a bypass duct, therefore they can be installed in smaller spaces. Power whole house humidifiers are perfect for homes built on slabs or with HVAC systems in a closet.
- Steam Humidifiers add humidity to the air by heating water electrically until it boils to create humidity in the form of steam even if the furnace isn’t on. The steam is picked up by the system blower then pushed throughout the home vents. Steam humidifiers offer the fastest and most efficient method of increasing and maintaining the appropriate and comfortable level of humidity in your home. Additionally, steam whole house humidifiers deliver a pure and best natural form of humidity that’s introduced through your entire home. Steam humidifiers will run moisture as needed, regardless of your current heating or air conditioning situation.
Call or schedule an appointment with the Brown’s Heating and Cooling team to get our expert advice on what kind of humidifier your home needs. We are always here to help- 719-597-7373