Steam humidifiers are the most effective model to install. However, steam humidifiers can have higher installation and operating costs. This type is excellent for large homes, or homes needing precise humidity control. Steam humidifiers benefit wood floors and furniture by keeping them in their best condition. In the winter, dry air can cause wood to crack and become damaged. These cracks can ruin floors and furniture. Not only is it unsightly, but splits can develop in walls, wood doors can develop gaps, and the legs of chairs and tables can become wobbly. Steam humidifiers require light servicing as well as annual maintenance.This ranges from a simple cleaning to cylinder replacements. Maintenancing your humidifier ensures that it is running properly and emitting the correct amount of humidity into your home.
Fan-powered humidifiers are installed with their own fan pushing the humidified air through the system. Fan-powered humidifiers can be installed directly into a home and run on their own – giving them the ability to humidify a home quickly. They distribute humidified air directly to the home, and are great for covering large homes. This type is highly efficient in converting water into humidity but may be slightly more expensive to install than other models. Fan-powered humidifiers are excellent for installation where space is limited. They don’t require any additional ducts and are ideal for homes where the HVAC system is installed in a small space. Maintenance-wise, fan-powered humidifiers only need an annual change of the water panel.
Bypass humidifiers operate through the blower motor of an HVAC system. This system requires additional installation of a bypass duct. The humidified air circulates through this additional ductwork, then travels through the HVAC system before it is circulated throughout the home. The HVAC system must be running in order for this type of humidifier to distribute moisturized air throughout the home. Bypass humidifiers are sturdy and experience few breakdowns due to fewer moving parts that could malfunction. The water panel on this humidifier needs to be changed annually.