Choosing the Right Whole-Home Humidifier for Your Furnace

September 29, 2017

It won’t be long before we are adjusting our thermostats to provide us warmer air and make our homes nice and cozy during the colder temps. And warmer air can result in drier air that can impact our overall health. You may have never considered monitoring humidity levels inside, or maybe you’re looking to find just the perfect balance. We’ve talked about the benefits of a whole-home humidifier from decreasing the chances of getting sick to helping with your skin. But how do you know which system is the best for you?

If you aren’t familiar, a whole-home humidifier uses water directly from your water supply and the water panel only needs to be changed a couple times throughout the heating season. There are more up-front costs to get started, but there is less maintenance, lower energy costs and mold prevention down the road.

There are a couple factors you’ll need to consider when purchasing a whole-home humidifier.

  • Size—The size and capacity of a humidifier is based on gallons per day of operation. One way to decide what size you should get is to take your total floor area and multiply it by the height of your home’s ceiling. This will help determine how many gallons per hour is necessary and be a guide as you assess your options.
  • Budget—There are initial fees when purchasing the humidifier equipment, but it’s important to also recognize how much money will go into operation and maintenance. There are many models that can help meet the needs in your home while sticking to a budget you are comfortable with.

All homes and families are different. Our experts at McKinley Heating Service Experts can provide you with a home health report to help you select which humidifier is appropriate for your home. And our assessment will ensure you are getting the best solution to fit your current HVAC system. We want to make sure you can rest comfortably during the colder weather and that you have the support you need to maintain proper indoor air quality. Call us at or go to our online scheduler to make an appointment.

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