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Whole Home Humidifiers vs. Room Humidifiers

Whole-Home vs. Room Humidifiers

Room humidifiers, otherwise known as tabletop or portable units, only treat the air in the immediate vicinity of the unit. Aprilaire whole-home products treat the air in every room of your home. Other advantages over a room humidifier include:

Less Maintenance: Water must be added to a room humidifier almost daily and standing water in the unit’s tank can pose a health risk. Whole-home units only require a seasonal change of the water panel.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Room humidifiers must be placed in an open, visible space in the area that is being humidified, and usually require access to an electrical outlet. Whole-home solutions are installed directly into your home’s central heating and cooling system, located in a furnace closet or basement.

Quiet Operation: Room humidifiers must use their own fan, which can be as noisy as a portable air conditioner. Whole-home humidifiers use the furnace fan to circulate humidified air. Aprilaire humidification solutions are virtually silent.

Energy-efficient: Room humidifiers may use more energy to humidify a single room than a whole-home unit requires to control humidity in the entire house. All Aprilaire humidifiers are designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind.

Using an Aprilaire Whole-Home 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.

Dry Air Can Damage Your Family’s Health and Home

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.

How an Aprilaire Whole-Home Humidifier Can Help

A room humidifier only adds moisture to one room. Aprilaire products are designed to deliver the perfect amount of moisture to your entire home, minimizing the ill effects of dry air and making you more comfortable at lower thermostat settings.

"Dry sinuses, bloody noses and cracked lips — humidifiers can help soothe these familiar problems caused by dry indoor air."
-Mayo Clinic

Why Choose an Aprilaire Solution Over a Room Humidifier?

Installed directly to your home's central heating and cooling system, a whole-home 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. Unlike portable units, a whole-home humidifier continually monitors relative humidity levels and then delivers the perfect amount of moisture to the air throughout your entire home.

We offer both evaporative and steam humidifiers that introduce humidity into your home's air from the central HVAC system in the form of water vapor.

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 water levels in messy tanks.

Only Aprilaire Offers Fully Automatic Digital Humidifier Control

You may never have to monitor settings or wait until you feel uncomfortable with the Aprilaire Automatic Digital Humidifier Control.

Optimum levels of relative humidity in your home will fluctuate with the changes in outdoor temperature. And this set-it-and-forget-it control keeps your home’s humidity level exactly where you want it.

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