Whole-Home Humidifiers Are the Solution You Didn’t Know You Needed
No doubt about it—Albuquerque is dry! We live in a desert, so obviously, it’s dry! Our dry climate affects people’s skin, hair, causes bloody noses, and creates other discomforts. You might run portable humidifiers in your home but don’t feel like they adequately cover the square footage. And, you may hate cleaning them and constantly refilling them. If so, we have a solution for you—whole-home humidifiers.
What Are Whole-Home Humidifiers in Albuquerque?
Surprisingly, home humidifiers connected to the HVAC aren’t more popular, especially in New Mexico, where it’s so dry. It could be that people just don’t realize it’s an option, so they don’t know to ask their Albuquerque HVAC company about it. That’s why Bosque Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to educate you on what a whole-house humidifier is and share why they are helpful.
An HVAC specialist can install a home humidifier to your existing furnace. In a home with traditional ducting, there are a few different types of humidifiers. A HVAC technician can advise you on which type is best for you based on the specifications of your home including the size of your home and access to hot water.
The humidifier heats the water (or pulls in hot water), heats it to the point of evaporation, and disperses the water vapor through the ducting along with your heated or cooled air. So, unlike a portable humidifier that can only provide moisture to one room, a whole-home humidifier keeps the entire house at a more comfortable humidity. And, as an added bonus, with the air being slightly more humid, it actually feels warmer, so it can help save money on heating costs. And it’s true in reverse too. A home humidifier can actually help your AC run more efficiently.
When installed correctly and properly maintained, homeowners do not experience problems with mineral build up or mildew like you might with a portable humidifier.
Why Are Home Humidifiers Helpful?
There’s a lot to love about whole-home humidifers so we broke it down into a few of the main reasons why home humidifiers are so helpful.
- More moisture in your air means you’ll feel better. When you can alleviate some of the dryness in your home, you and your guests will be more comfortable and have fewer discomforts of dry air, including dry skin, dry eyes, increased mucus production, bloody noses, and more.
- We’re spending more time at home. The COVID pandemic completely changed the way we do life. While many things we love have returned to normal, some things have changed, and some people would argue some changes are for the better. More people are able to work from home. And, many of our rereactional activities like fitness classes or going to the movies are accessible from home more than ever. The fact is, Americans are spending more time at home, and since you can control your environment at home, a whole-home humidifier is a good investment to improve your quality of life.
- Whole-home humidifiers are effective and efficient. Maybe you’ve been a big fan of your portable humidifier for a long time. But there certainly are pain points. They don’t cover very much square footage, they require constant refilling and cleaning, and they can get a buildup of minerals and mildew, just to name a few. House humidifiers solve all those pain points.
- Home humidifiers can help you save money. It might seem counter-intuitive, but home humidifiers can actually help you save money on your heating and cooling bills. When you add that moisture to your air, it feels a bit warmer, meaning you’ll feel more comfortable at a lower temperature in the winter.
How much does it cost to have a whole-house humidifier installed in Albuquerque?
Whole-house humidifiers don’t cost as much as you might think! However, we can’t quote pricing here because like any HVAC job, it depends on the specifications of your home. If you schedule a tech to come out to your home, we can give you a free estimate.
Do whole-house humidifiers cause mold?
Mold is a main worry of people exploring getting a whole-house humidifier. However, if you have the humidifier installed by your trusted heating company in Albuquerque, and have regular maintenance (once or twice a year), mold should not be a problem. The goal is to get the home within a range of 30%-50% humidity. This is a comfortable level for most people and will not cause mold in your ducting or on surfaces in your home.
One thing you may notice in the winter, is that you’ll see condensation on the windows if the temperature gets below 20 degrees. This doesn’t happen too often in Albuquerque, but it does occasionally. And if you notice that condensation, just turn the humidity level down temporarily.
Are furnace humidifiers worth it in Albuquerque?
At Bosque Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we absolutely think home humidifers are worth it. The install costs are quickly covered by what you can save on heating and cooling bills. Plus, your quality of life will be better if you or people in your home struggle with sensitive or dry skin, allergies, or asthma. And, with people spending much more time at home than in the past, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment.
If you’re curious about what it would look like to have a whole-house humidifier installed in your home, give us a call at Bosque Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at (505)444-7200.