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Pros and Cons of a Whole House Humidifier

Ashwini Kulkarni Sule May 6, 2019
Whole house humidifier can be a great addition to your home, if you live in a dry and cold region. Read on to know about its benefits and drawbacks.
Dry and cold weather drains the moisture out from your house. It can have adverse effects on human health. Nosebleeds, dry, itchy skin, and dry eyes are some common problems in the houses that are very low on humidity.
Besides, dry and arid air also triggers asthma, respiratory problems, and allergies. Lack of moisture also ruins the aesthetics of your home. Cracks develop in wooden furniture and walls, and paint or wallpaper starts peeling off.
To overcome all these problems, it is a must that you take measures to increase the humidity level inside your home. This can be achieved using a whole house humidifier; it steadily adds moisture in your home.
This humidifier is a system that blows cool mist from the blower of your furnace. It directly uses the water from your water supply system. The provision for this is made in your plumbing during its installation. It has several advantages over a portable one.


It is a one-time setup; you install it once and then forget all about it. As it is directly connected to the water system of your house, you need not have to bother about filling it every day. Besides, there are no instances when it may cease to work due to lack of water in it.
As the whole system is well hidden, nobody ever knows that you have one running inside your duct. This is not the case with a portable humidifier, which is quite bulky and draws attention to itself, wherever it is. Also, you are relieved of the hassles of carrying it from one room to the other, as it is a centralized system.
Another advantage of using this system is that it makes almost no sound. It quietly works in the background, without disturbing the peace of your home. The working of this system can be controlled by a remote.
Thus, you can easily control the amount of humidity inside your house. Another important advantage of installing it is that it can add to the resale value of your home. Having one in your home turns out to be an asset when you are negotiating the selling price of your home with potential buyers.


Installation of a humidifying system inside the house is often considered a headache. It is not a DIY job, which every homeowner can undertake. As it involves a major plumbing operation, you often have to rely on professional installers. The high initial installation cost often nullifies the low maintenance cost in the future.
Moreover, some amount of maintenance work needs to be taken regularly if you have hard water supply. Mineral deposits that get clogged in the system need to be cleaned to improve its functioning. Its high cost also discourages many homeowners from getting it for their homes.
Instead, many of them opt for the portable ones as they come for a fraction of cost of a whole house humidifier. Besides, if you are not careful about where the moisture from the system goes, then you may be in for a big trouble. The moisture often leaks from the ceiling to the attic, where it can encourage mold growth.
Thus, all in all, this system can be a good source of maintaining moisture in your home. However, make sure that you are careful about its working, so that it does not exhaust moisture in unwanted places.