What Are Our Favorite Whole-House Humidifiers in 2020?
Whole-house humidifiers can protect your health, your furniture, and more. Discover six of the best humidifiers you can purchase in 2020!
It's important to make sure that the air in your house doesn't get too dry. Otherwise, you may see a negative impact on your furniture as well as your health. When humidity levels are low, wood can crack and nasal dryness and diseases are more likely to crop up.
Investing in whole-house humidifiers can help improve your standard of living and keep you and your home healthy. But with so many options out there, which one is best for your home? Here are six of our favorite options:
Aprilaire 865 Whole-House Steam Humidifier
Aprilaire is a brand best known for having actually invented the home evaporative humidifier way back in 1954. They've continued to put out top-of-the-line products ever since and this model is no different.
This humidifier features a mounted fan that's able to push the humidified air throughout houses without needing an HVAC duct system. It's extremely versatile and can cover space of up to 6,200 square feet. And if you want, you can even change the amount of moisture that's absorbed in the air.
This appliance adjusts the air according to the standard levels of humidity, around 40%, which will lower the chances of contracting respiratory and skin diseases that can develop in dry air. It's important to point out that this device draws a lot of power and can end up costing you in energy bills.
However, an investment in a powerful and effective humidifier can be worth the price. You don't need to scrub or clean this machine; simply replace the canister when the humidifier season comes to an end.
This machine is also easy to install and to manually operate, although it does make a loud sound when in operation. Aside from that issue, this humidifier is going to help protect you from bacteria and mold.
LEVOIT LV600HH Humidifier for Large Room
This humidifier is perfect for offices and large rooms and covers 750 square feet. It's a great option for those buying on a budget but still looking for good quality.
You also don't need to regularly buy and replace filters for this machine, which will save you even more money. Instead, it uses water, and when it runs out, it automatically turns itself off.
The timer feature on this humidifier is great because you can tell the device when it should be turning on and off. It's also easy to clean the whole machine by sliding your hand into the water tank and sanitizing it.
You can even use this appliance as an aroma diffuser. Feel free to add some essential oils too.
Emerson HSP2000 Whole-House Steam Humidifier
Unlike the other humidifiers mentioned so far, this Emerson model is a steam humidifier, which means that it doesn't have to wait for the furnace to run and heat your air.
The appliance comes with a set of handy components such as a humidistat, which is able to examine the air in your house. If it senses that the humidity level is too low, it will automatically turn on.
This Emerson model works best in spaces that are a minimum of 1,500 square feet. If your house is smaller than that, you may experience humidity that feels almost too heavy.
This appliance also features a flushing timer that's able to help the humidifier operate properly. It's important to note that although it's fairly easy to install this humidifier, the wiring instructions are not as easy to follow.
Another issue is that you might find it difficult to clean and remove this humidifier. On the plus side, this model is super quiet and only really makes a soft sound when it's first turned on.
Before installing this appliance, it's recommended that you check the quality of your water so that impurities don't end up corroding the machine. It's also important that you look out for TDS in your water.
Aprilaire 700 Whole-House Fan-Powered Humidifier
Here's our second whole house-humidifier by Aprilaire on this list. This fan-powered humidifier doesn't cover as much space (up to 4,500 square feet) as the other Aprilaire model, but it is able to fit into smaller areas. It can hold up to 18 gallons of water a day.
The appliance pulls heated air right from the furnace via a built-in fan, providing efficient and fast humidification and a rise in temperature levels.
A major benefit of this appliance is that it's automatic. Its dual sensors are able to sense both the outdoor temperature and the relative indoor humidity, allowing it to adjust to the weather and the atmosphere. This lets you be free from having to adjust your humidifier until you get it just right.
Unfortunately, the process of installation is a bit cumbersome. You might even feel more comfortable having a professional install it because the written instructions aren't as clear as a layperson would probably want them to be.
t's also important to remember that if you run the humidifier under full pressure, it could end up wasting a fair amount of water. To prevent this, you might want to buy a valve that controls the flow for you.
The filter retainer that comes with this humidifier is also not the best. However, it's a well-built machine overall and should serve you well for many years.
AIRCARE EP9 800 Whole-House Pedestal Evaporative Humidifier
This digital evaporative humidifier from Aircare is automatic and user-friendly. All you have to do is set the humidity level you desire and the appliance's digital humidistat will work hard to achieve and maintain it. The digital readout display shows you the current humidity level, fan speed, and your desired level of humidity.
This machine can run at nine different speed, so no matter what area of the world you live in, this humidifier will accommodate you. You should know that the higher the speed, the more noise the humidifier is going to make, but even at its loudest, the noise shouldn't be much of a problem.
This appliance is comparatively bigger than most other humidifiers, so you'll have to make sure that you have a place where it will fit. Interestingly enough, it's designed somewhat like a table, so it can more easily blend in with your furniture.
This is also a fairly low maintenance humidifier, and it's very easy to change out the device's filter. Unfortunately, there's no indicator on this machine that lets you know when the tank is empty or full, so you're going to have to look inside it via the fill door.
It's also important to know that this humidifier uses a lot of water that needs to be replaced every 24 hours. The machine is also going to automatically shut off once it reaches the desired level of humidity and save you on energy costs.
Honeywell HE360A1075 HE360A Whole-House Humidifier
Honeywell is probably one of the most well-known appliance manufacturers on this list. And this model specifically is rated well because it's easy to maintain and use. You only have to clean it once a year, and changing the pad takes just a couple of minutes.
It's important to think about where you want to put it since you will need to have a condensation or drain pump to remove any excess water. As long as the temperature doesn't go below freezing, you can install in in your basement or attic.
You should know that the machine's humidistat is extremely sensitive to touch. With the slightest movement, it will make big jumps in humidity. And also make sure that you're water isn't contaminated.
Which of These Whole-House Humidifiers Is Best for You?
Because these (and other) whole-house humidifiers vary greatly, it's important that you consider both your budget and home situation before making a decision on which humidifier to purchase.
If you have any other questions or concerns, contact us today and see how we can help you!
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