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Whole-House Humidifier FAQs Tackle Balancing Humidity and Humidifier Filters

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Listed below are the top-10 Humidifier FAQs. If your humidifier question is not answered, you also search our larger humidifier FAQ database.

If your question is not answered here or if you require more assistance, please contact our knowledgeable live Technical Support team.

How do I know which humidifier I have on my furnace? (Old owner’s manual has pictures to help identify which model)

A picture of the humidifier can be found in either our non-current or current humidifier owner’s manual. Please open either the non-current or current humidifier owner’s manuals and find the picture of the humidifiers towards the back of the owner’s manual.

Related: https://www.aprilaire.com/owner-center/owners-manuals

What is a water panel?

A water panel is the replaceable evaporative element in a humidifier that facilitates the conversion of water to vapor. AprilAire produces two types of water panels, metal mesh, and wicking. The metal mesh is made of layered slit-and-expanded aluminum with a porous, ceramic-type slip coating that absorbs water and maintains the proper level of hydration for the evaporation process. The wicking type uses a heavy-duty paper panel and coated with an anti-microbial agent to prevent the growth of mold. It is reinforced with two layers of aluminum mesh. As warm air passes through the water panel, moisture is absorbed and carried into the home.

Related: Why Water Panels Need to be Changed Annually

My contractor plumbs my humidifier with hot water. Is that how it should be installed with my 600 Humidifier?

We recommend plumbing the 350, 360, 500, 600, and 700 Humidifiers to hot water in order to get the most out of the humidifiers. We advise using a standard hot water heater when plumbing to hot water in the home. The AprilAire Humidifiers do not draw enough water to trigger tankless hot water heaters.

Will a 500 humidifier adequately humidify my 3000 sq ft home? Will the 600 or 700 Humidifier adequately humidify my 4000 sq ft home?

The 500 Humidifier can add up to about 11 gallons of humidity to the home per day, which is usually good for homes up to 1500 sq ft. The 600 and 700 Humidifiers each add up to 16-17 gallons of humidity a day, which is good for homes up to 3000 sq ft.

How does the blower activation operate with the humidistat?

The Blower Activation Switch is set to the “ON” position to allow the humidifier control to activate the HVAC fan for maximum humidification. For this setting, the Models 500, 600, and 700 Humidifier must be connected to hot water.

If the HVAC system has been idle for 1 hour, the humidifier control will activate the HVAC system fan to sample the air for 3 minutes. If the RH is lower than the setpoint, the humidifier control will activate the humidifier and keep the fan running. The humidifier will continue to operate for 2 hours or until the humidification setpoint is reached.

If the RH set point has not been reached by the end of a call for heat, the control will continue to operate the humidifier and the HVAC fan until the humidification setpoint is reached or 2 hours have elapsed.

When the Blower Activation switch is in the “OFF” position, the humidifier control will only operate the humidifier if humidity is required and the HVAC system fan is operating or the HVAC system is producing heat.

How accurate is the 60/62 humidistat?

The 60/62 Humidistats are tested to be within +/- 3% accurate from the factory before they are shipped out.

Do you have any other controls to control the humidifier or than the 60 or 62 humidistat?

The 65 Digital Manual Humidistat and 4655 Manual Humidistat are two humidistats that can be mounted on the wall to control the humidifiers. The 8620, 8620W, 8910, 8910W, and 8920W AprilAire Thermostats all can control the humidifier in place of the 60 or 62 Humidistat.

Why is the service light flashing on the steam humidifier a week after changing the canister?

The Flashing Service light indicates sensed amperage is 75% of the maximum amperage recorded.

The reason why the flashing service light may be occurring is that the humidistat may not be giving the humidifier enough run time to condition the canister. If the hose is getting hot and the light is flashing, let the unit run and the flashing light will go away eventually once the amp draw in the canister grows. If the hose is not getting hot, then contact the service tech to troubleshoot the humidifier.

Related: Cleaning & Maintaining your AprilAire Humidifier

How much water does the humidifier use per day when humidifying?

The 400, 500, 600, and 700 Humidifiers have a 3 gallon per hour feed rate. The 800 Steam Humidifier has an 11.5 gallons per hour feed rate. The 350 and 360 Humidifier have a 6 gallon per hour feed rate. The output of the humidifier and water usage is affected by the run time of the furnace, the set point of the humidistat, and the home’s ability to hold the humidity within the home.

During normal operation customers typically see 1-2 gallons of water usage per hour trying to maintain the humidity level with the 500, 600, and 700 humidifiers. We encourage the use of hot water with the 500, 600, and 700 Humidifiers in order to get a boost in the output of the humidifier. Water runs through the water panel and out through the drain when the furnace is running and whatever evaporates off of the water panel is what gets sent into the home. The 500 has a .5 gallon per hour evaporation rate, and the 600 has a .7 gallons of evaporation rate. The 700 has a .75 gallon per hour evaporation rate when mounted on the supply side of the furnace, and when mounted on the return air duct the humidifier has a .5 gallon evaporation rate. Hot water is required as a heat source with the 700 humidifier when mounted on the return air duct.

The 400 Humidifier evaporates 100% of the water supplied to the humidifier and uses .7 gallons of water per hour.

Customers with the 800 Steam Humidifier installed see water usage between 1-3 gallons of water per hour when trying to maintain the humidity in the home. The voltage level supplied to the humidifier will determine how quickly the canister heats up the water to boiling. The higher the voltage the faster the water heats up in the canister. Cold water is required with the 800 steam humidifier in order to temper the hot water that comes out of the drain of the humidifier when it completes its weekly drain of the canister.

Water usage for the 350 and 360 Evaporative Humidifiers usually see water usage between 2-3 gallons of hot water per hour when humidifying the home. Hot water is required as a heat source with the 350 and 360 humidifiers in order for evaporation to occur with the humidifier. The 350 and 360 Humidifier have a feed rate of 0.5 gallons of evaporation per hour.

Does a UV light affect my humidifier in any way?

We encourage UV light installers to direct the light away from the plastics or to protect them with something like aluminum tape, which is UV immune. The scale control insert (plastic frame around the water panel) is made of a UV-resistant material but is not immune to the effects of the UV light. The water panel is clay-coated aluminum, so it will not be affected by UV light exposure.

 

 

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Humid Air and Frizzy Hair—Plus Other Health Impacts of Humidity

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It’s probably happened to you: spending time and energy to create a hairstyle that quickly unravels once you step into the high humidity of summer. So why does high humidity cause straightened hair to become frizzy and curled styles to droop? Humid air adds moisture to your hair, similar to running a wet comb or brush through it. As the moisture is added and removed (by the sun and heat), the drying process causes your hair to change shape and revert back to a natural, unstyled look—often frizzy or curly.

Other Health Impacts of Humidity

While frizzy hair is an obvious sign of humidity’s impact, what are some other ways that humidity impacts the body and our health?

Respiratory Health

Low humidity is associated with increased risk of respiratory infections. In part, this is because our mucus membranes work best at fighting germs and viruses when they’re properly hydrated. Additionally, viruses thrive in dry conditions.

Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms can increase when low humidity dries out sinuses. On the other end, high humidity can aggravate allergies because it creates a suitable environment for the growth of mold, dust mites, and other common allergens. This is why it’s important to maintain an indoor relative humidity level between 40–60%.

Heat Illnesses

High humidity can prevent sweat from evaporating, making it more difficult for the body to cool down in high summer temperatures. Keep an eye on the heat index this summer, which combines temperature and humidity levels to give a more accurate picture of how outdoor conditions will affect the body.

Skin Conditions

Dry, itchy skin can worsen when the humidity is low. And when humidity is high, some people can experience skin irritations like acne breakouts or develop heat rash. The key is to stay hydrated and balance indoor humidity levels.

Restful Sleep

According to the Sleep Foundation, “high humidity can increase wakefulness and reduce the amount of time you spend” in the stages of sleep associated with bodily recovery and memory consolidation.

Control the Health Impacts of Humidity with AprilAire

While you can’t control how humid it is outdoors, balancing your indoor humidity levels throughout the year is simple with AprilAire whole-house humidification and dehumidification systems. Balanced humidity plays an essential role in creating a healthy environment for you and your family.

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Cost Savings With Humidity Control

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Facts about Healthy Humidity Cost Savings on Your Energy Bill

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When the humidity level in your home is between 40–60%, you’re creating an environment that’s both healthy for you and unwelcoming for things like bacteria growth, virus prevalence, respiratory infections, and allergy and asthma symptoms.

And with other benefits like optimized sleep, better indoor workouts, and lower stress levels, Healthy Humidity can ensure overall wellness and comfort throughout the year.

If you’re not yet convinced about the necessity of Healthy Humidity in your home, wait till you see the last big benefit: cost savings.

The Environmental Protection Agency analyzes the efficiency of energy systems, and has released information on the cost benefits of optimal humidity levels in the home. To accurately measure the humidity levels in your home, you’ll need a versatile AprilAire thermostat or other monitoring system that makes it simple to see temperature, humidity, and other factors.

 

Healthy Humidity By the Numbers Cost Savings

By changing the relative humidity in your home, you can make the indoor environment feel colder or warmer without overtaxing your air conditioning or heating units, helping you feel comfortable while reducing costs.

 

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Moist air holds heat better than dry air. So in the wintertime, by keeping the humidity in the 40–60% range, you can feel warm and cozy without cranking up the thermostat. These conditions may not be recommended or achievable in certain regions of the country during winter. Your local Healthy Air Professional can provide guidance specific to your area.

 

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Do the math on your savings! Winter heating costs can be more manageable when you prioritize Healthy Humidity.

 

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In the summertime, forcing your air conditioner to keep the humidity in check can really run up your energy bill. That’s when a dehumidifier can help. The AprilAire e-series Dehumidifiers are designed to remove more moisture per day using less power. Models E080, E100, and E130 are all recognized as ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient 2022, delivering 23% annual energy savings above conventional products.

Find A Pro for Healthy Humidity Cost Savings

Contact a local Healthy Air Pro to get Healthy Humidity cost savings in your home.

Interview with the American Lung Association

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Breathing Healthy Air: Interview with the American Lung Association

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At AprilAire, we encourage breathing Healthy Air because we know it benefits your overall health. The American Lung Association knows it too. That’s why AprilAire air filters are the National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association*, playing a key role in the fight to improve lung health and prevent lung disease.

We got to interview National Senior Vice President of Development Sally Draper about the importance of Healthy Air and how both AprilAire and the American Lung Association are working together to help you Breathe the Fullness of Life.

Could you introduce yourself for the readers and tell us about why you chose a career with the American Lung Association?

“I joined the Lung Association in 2014 because I was attracted to its comprehensive mission—to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Every day we help Americans breathe easier through our efforts to fund innovative research, advocate for policies that protect our lungs, and educate patients, caregivers, providers, and the public with science-backed information. We were founded more than 115 years ago, and the needs are greater today than ever before, including the youth vaping epidemic, climate change, and COVID-19!”

Can you tell us about the American Lung Association’s mission?

“The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Our work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and create a tobacco-free future. Whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco, or advocating for laws that protect the air we breathe, the work of the American Lung Association helps to save lives every day.”

How did AprilAire and the American Lung Association come to work together in the first place? What does that relationship look like presently?

“AprilAire and the American Lung Association forged a new relationship in 2018. We quickly realized how much we had in common. Our partnership was developed as we saw an opportunity to educate and help more consumers improve the air in their homes to create a healthier environment.

Since 2020, AprilAire has been a Proud Partner of the Lung Association with its 4” residential air filters. Additionally, AprilAire joined the Lung Association as our FY20 National Fight For Air Climb Partner For Healthy Air. The company has also supported the Lung Association’s “Stand Up For Clean Air” campaign. As part of this initiative, we are driving conversations around air quality, climate, and health. The Lung Association invited people to share their #MyCleanAirStory—knowing that when people realize climate and air quality are impacting the health of their neighbors, friends, and loved ones—they are more willing to act. AprilAire provided prizes for the #MyCleanAirStory contest, including one grand prize of a whole-home Indoor Air Quality upgrade (the AprilAire Healthy Air System®) and nine AprilAire Room Air Purifiers. This year, the company stepped up once again to sponsor the Wisconsin Fight For Air Climb in Milwaukee. Also in 2021, the Lung Association welcomed Dale Philippi, President and CEO of Research Products Corporation, AprilAire’s parent company, to the Lung Association’s Wisconsin Leadership Board of Directors.”

Tell us about the Fight For Air Climb.

“The American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb is the nation’s premier stair climbing challenge. At 38 events nationwide, children and adults of all ages participate in this celebratory stair-climbing adventure. Pre-pandemic, the Fight For Air Climb was held in several of our country’s most iconic skyscrapers. This year, the Lung Association invited participants outdoors for a one-of-a-kind adventure to support healthy lungs and clean air. In fact, Dale was among the company’s team of more than 50 employees that climbed the stairs at Milwaukee’s American Family Field on May 22nd, proving he puts his feet, time, and talent behind causes he supports.

AprilAire has been a stalwart partner in the Fight For Air Climb, promoting the event to employees, customers, trade partners, family, and friends. Through this unique vehicle, the company is engaging individuals of all ages to understand and celebrate the importance of Healthy Air.”

AprilAire’s air filters are a National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association. How do you feel our mission aligns with yours?

“Our CEO, Harold Wimmer, has said, ‘Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many it is… no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.’ Similarly, Dale has declared, ‘We believe everyone deserves to breathe Healthy Air.’ As a National Proud Partner, AprilAire’s mission to enhance everyone’s health by improving the air in their homes aligns very closely with that of the American Lung Association, champion of clean air for all.”

What are the benefits of breathing Healthy Air and what are everyday things that people can do to Breathe the Fullness of Life?

“Clean air is essential for healthy lungs. The American Lung Association works to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe from harmful pollution. In fact, every year we publish our State of the Air Report, which looks at two of the most widespread and dangerous air pollutants, ozone and fine particulate matter. Our 2021 State of the Air Report found that more than 4 in 10 Americans—over 135 million people—are living in places with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.

One of the most important things you can do to Breathe the Fullness of Life is to keep sources of pollution out of your home. Check out these commonsense tips on Lung.org. Additionally, ventilation helps reduce indoor air pollution, but it works best if paired with keeping known sources of air pollution out of the building. For tips on how to use ventilation to protect your lung health, check out our section on Ventilation: How Buildings Breathe.”

Fight for Healthy Air

At AprilAire, we believe everyone deserves to Breathe the Fullness of Life, and we’re not the only ones that feel this way. Through our Proud Partnership with the American Lung Association, we aim to fill every home with Healthy Air. Both AprilAire and the Lung Association believe that breathing Healthy Air should be available to everyone, and maintaining healthy Indoor Air Quality is an important step for your lung health. Read more about our partnership and the efforts of the American Lung Association on their website.

*Disclaimer: The American Lung Association does not endorse any product, device, or service.

2021 Good Neighbor Values

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2021: AprilAire’s Good Neighbor Values

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We take the importance of caring for others to heart at AprilAire. We believe we have a purpose beyond the individual work we do and that being a successful company also means “Being a Good Neighbor.” It’s one of our core values, and something we put into action each year.

We remain committed to helping our local communities in a number of ways, including financial contributions and volunteering. In the past, we’ve raised funds to provide pack-n-plays to mothers in need, volunteered at local blood drives, and held various donation drives throughout the year.

While our partnership opportunities may look different in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re excited to continue our work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, whose mission statement reads:

“A membership organization, the Society began working in Madison in 1925 with two parish-based groups of members serving their neighbors in need. Today, programs the Society operates in Dane County include a large customer-choice food pantry, a charitable pharmacy, storage for the goods of persons who are homeless, seven thrift stores offering direct charity, housing at Port St. Vincent de Paul and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House, and several other forms of assistance for people struggling with poverty.”

We’ve been working with St. Vincent de Paul – Madison since 2014, giving us a number of incredible opportunities to give back and live out our mission of being Good Neighbors.

We believe the work they’re doing to provide assistance for our community is more important than ever right now, which is why it’s our honor to be a 2021 Platinum Sponsor for St. Vincent de Paul’s 6th Annual Care Café fundraising breakfast on May, 5th 2021. The theme is “Love Made Visible.”

They’re going virtual this year, which means they have unlimited capacity to reach their goal of $140,000. If you live in Dane County, we encourage you to attend the virtual event and support our neighbors in need through your contributions to the food pantry, free pharmacy, and housing programs.

 Click here for more information on St. Vincent de Paul – Madison to see how you can get involved.

Or find a charity in your area that you may be able to connect with to make an impact.

Total Home Performance Consultation

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Total Home Performance Provides Solutions Based on Building Science

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Total Home Performance, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, utilizes a science-based, top-down approach in creating healthy homes for its clients. They see their customers as their neighbors, utilizing a no-pressure sales technique to provide the best solution, not just the one that’s going to make the biggest impact on the bottom line. They provide an informative and visual-based process that walks the homeowner through any issues they’ve spotted and how they can be addressed based on the latest building science principles.

Total Home Performance Grows Steadily

Over the last 13 years, Total Home has steadily grown from an energy audit service to a full-service home performance contractor. While its growth has led to expanded expertise, more employees, and more infrastructure, the company has remained true to its humble roots to make a positive impact on the lives of homeowners they service. Many of the company’s employees have been with them since the beginning, creating a unique family atmosphere that leaves owner Matthew Hargrove proud.

“We are a true family here. We have committed our lives to this business…We feel very fortunate and proud to not only be supporting this amount of people but providing this type of work that is of such great benefit to our customers.”

Like many other home performance contractors, Total Home Performance has seen increased demand for its services since the COVID-19 pandemic. More homeowners are concerned about their home’s indoor air quality and if their home is making them sick.

Healthy Home Assessments Help Homeowners

As a result, Total Home Performance began offering healthy home assessments to evaluate the health and safety issues that could be negatively impacting homeowners. This begins with a visual inspection of the property to identify things like moisture, mold, pest intrusion, or other potential contaminants. Based on this inspection, they can perform specific tests for things like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold, and moisture to pinpoint the root cause and lay out a plan to eradicate these issues.

Humidity control is especially vital for many homeowners along the eastern shore since they butt up against the Chesapeake Bay and other inlets leaving them vulnerable to the impacts of excess humidity like mold, mildew, discomfort, and structural damage.

The Big Three

The Total Home team also shores up any poorly insulated areas ensuring the home is energy-efficient and protected from whatever mother nature may throw its way. Sealing up the house also helps create a perfect structure for Total Home Performance to apply, what Hargrove calls “The Big Three”—ventilation, filtration, and moisture management strategy—which helps eliminate household viruses, VOCs, and other health issues within the home.

Contact Total Home Performance

If you want to feel the difference in your home, see an improvement in your health and save on your energy bills, contact Total Home Performance today.