Humidification—the process of adding moisture to the air—is one of the most important aspects of total indoor comfort, yet it's 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 Whole-House 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
This problem 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 house and heated. Learn more about how relative humidity works.
Dry Air Can Damage Your Family’s Health and House
Physicians and other experts often recommend humidity control to prevent the damaging effects of dry 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 house 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.
Beyond the damage low humidity causes, it makes you uncomfortable. It can cause:
To learn more about the effects of low humidity on your health and house, watch our Total Comfort Humidification video.
An Aprilaire Whole-House Humidifier Can Help
A whole-house humidifier is designed to deliver the perfect amount of moisture to your house, minimizing the ill effects of dry air and making you more comfortable at lower thermostat settings.
In turn, this will save you money. According to the EPA, every degree you lower your thermostat can result in 4% savings on your heating bill.
"Humidifiers are commonly used in homes to relieve the physical discomforts of dry nose, throat, lips, and skin. The moisture they add to dry air also helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating, such as static electricity, splitting
woodwork and cracks in paint and furniture."
-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Why Choose a Whole-House Humidifier?
Installed directly to your house's central heating and cooling system, a whole-house humidifier provides whole-house 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-house humidifier continually monitors relative humidity levels and then delivers the perfect amount of moisture to the air throughout your entire house.
Aprilaire offers both evaporative and steam humidifiers that introduce humidity into your house's air in the form of water vapor, which prevents minerals from entering the air in your house and potentially into your lungs.
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.
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 house will fluctuate with the changes in outdoor temperature. And this set-it-and-forget-it control keeps your house’s humidity level exactly where you want it.
Find the Right Humidifier For You
Aprilaire offers evaporative and steam whole-house humidifiers that meet your family's needs and are suitable for your house. Be sure to ask an Aprilaire dealer to recommend a solution that is right for you. Find a dealer or use our Solution Finder to learn how to achieve Total Comfort in your house today.
Aprilaire—The Inventor of Whole-House Humidifiers
Aprilaire whole-house humidifiers were introduced in 1954 as the first truly effective whole-house humidifier. Since then, Aprilaire Humidifiers have been imitated but never duplicated. Today, Aprilaire continues to lead the way in delivering whole-house humidity as well as Total Comfort solutions.
Our products work with all leading brands of heating and cooling equipment. Plus, we partner with industry-leading contractors, so you get the most comprehensive line of solutions available today.