A WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIER VS A PORTABLE HUMIDIFIER
♦What’s the difference between a whole house humidifier and a portable humidifier?
In the winter, when you have your heating on, it’s important to make sure that your house is also properly humidified as dry air can result in respiratory problems, nosebleeds, dry skin and exacerbate respiratory issues such as allergies or asthma.
Dry air also leeches the moisture out of wooden items such as hardwood floors, pianos, antique furniture and other woodwork. This can result in the wood splitting or cracking which can be extremely expensive to repair. As a result, it’s advisable to run your humidifier when you run your heater so make sure that you maintain the appropriate humidity level.
There are two different types of humidifier: whole-house units, or portable ones :
- Whole-house humidifiers are generally units you can install in your house and integrate with your heating or blower system. They draw water internally from your water supply and blow warmed air over the water.
One of the greatest benefits of a whole-house humidifier is that, once it is set up, it requires little to no maintenance and can regulate the humidity of your whole house.
Since the humidifier works by taking water from your water system as it’s required, you will not have any issues with it running out of water unless you have a problem with your plumbing system. It is also extremely quiet and very economical to operate.
Because they require installation, you will not be able to use a whole-house humidifier right away. However, this shouldn’t be a problem because they are relatively easy to set up and the setup can be done as regular home DIY work. Mineral deposits can also build up depending on the water quality and these will need to be cleaned off each season before the minerals harden.
- By contrast, a portable humidifier is a freestanding machine that has a water tank and connects into an ordinary electrical outlet. They vary in size and can humidify from one room to several rooms (depending on the power of the unit). They are convenient and can provide humidification where you want it but can be more costly than whole-house humidifiers as they have to provide their own heat and air propulsion methods. They are also potentially noisy — some can be noisier than an air conditioner — and they require more frequent maintenance than a whole house humidifier. You will need to check and refill the water tank on a regular basis since when the tank is empty the unit cannot humidify the space. Although most models have removable tanks, some of the larger versions will need you to pour water into it directly.