Humidification—the process of adding moisture to the air—is one of the most important aspects of indoor air quality.
It's also one of the least understood. Maybe this is because people associate humidity with the discomfort of hot, steamy summer days. And it's true that too much humidity causes problems. Yet when properly controlled, humidity offers many proven benefits to your health, home, and comfort.
Using an Aprilaire high-capacity evaporative humidifier is one of the most effective ways to add the proper amount of humidity to your indoor air and prevent the problems caused by dry air.
Reduction of Relative Humidity Causes Dry Air
Drier air is especially prevalent during the winter heating season. This is because the relative humidity (RH) of the cold, outdoor air drops significantly when brought into your home and heated. Learn more about keeping your home's humidity balanced.
A High-Capacity Humidifier Can Prevent Damage Caused By Dry Air
Physicians and other experts often recommend humidity control to prevent the damaging effects of drier air caused by low relative humidity.
Low humidity can increase your likelihood of getting colds, flu, and other upper respiratory ailments. Viruses that cause colds and flu thrive in low humidity. And, according to The American Society of Otolaryngology, dry air can make people more susceptible to infection. In addition, drier air can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms.
Low humidity can cause home damage. It causes walls, woodwork, and your beautiful hardwood floors to crack. Electronics can fall victim to static electric charges, requiring expensive repair or replacement.
Low humidity can cause higher energy costs. Low humidity can make you feel too cold at normal temperatures leading you to turn up the thermostat. This leads to higher energy bills.
An evaporative humidifier is designed to deliver the perfect amount of moisture to your home, minimizing the ill effects of drier air.
In a home with balanced humidity, our respiratory immune system’s defenses are much more effective at capturing, removing, or fighting germs. Airborne droplets that contain virus particles fall out of the air more quickly due to the extra moisture they retain. In addition, because those virus-laden airborne droplets retain moisture, physicochemical reactions can deactivate the virus.
An evaporative humidifier moves air heated by your HVAC system over a wicking water panel inside the humidifier chamber. The warm air is humidified as the water on the panel turns into a vapor and is circulated through the home. Evaporative humidifiers are extremely reliable and last the life of the equipment.
Aprilaire offers two types of evaporative humidifiers – a single sensor model with a standard control, and a dual-sensor model with a digital control. The single sensor models monitor the percent humidity in the air circulating through your HVAC system and feature a simple-to-use standard control for setting the percent humidity target in your home.
Why Choose an Evaporative Humidifier?
Installed directly to your home's central heating and cooling system, a high-capacity evaporative humidifier provides whole-home comfort—unlike portable units that only address certain rooms.
Too much humidity can be as much of a problem as too little humidity.
Maintenance of our humidifiers is easy and infrequent, requiring attention just once or twice a year. Compare that to portable humidifiers that require you to monitor levels in messy tanks.
Find the Right Evaporative Humidifier For You
Aprilaire offers whole-home evaporative humidifiers that meet your family's needs and are suitable for your home. Be sure to ask an Aprilaire professional to recommend a solution that is right for you. Find a professional or use our Solution Finder to learn how to achieve Healthy Humidity in your home today.
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