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What is the best humidifier for my furnace?

Why do you need a humidifier?

The dry winter air can cause issues for your skin and respiratory system. By purchasing a humidifier, you can help to bring back the moisture in the air and ease the symptoms that plague low humidity sufferers. There are versions you can purchase from tabletop style to a furnace-based unit. Tabletop units can be useful for room to room needs, however, when your entire home lacks humidity, a furnace-based unit is the only way to go.

Drum Humidifier

New home constructions install these directly to your HVAC system so it can use the blower from your furnace to move air over a rotating drum or belt. They connect them to your home’s water supply, where it uses an automatic flow valve to fill a reservoir of water so the drum can rotate through, keeping the air flowing through humid.

The drum can be bulky and sometimes problems with the reservoir can occur. However, this unit has a much lower water waste, but a much higher belt or drum replacement cost needing to be changed every 3 weeks to 2 months depending on how often and long it runs. This unit is very uncommon in home throughout Calgary.

Bypass Humidifier

The bypass humidifier does not have a water reservoir and drains its excess water directly through the floor drain. This system uses a filter as a lattice system for the water to trickle down as the air from the furnace passes through, collecting the humidity to flow through the ducts in into the home.

The bypass can be much smaller and is the most common within Calgary for installations. This is due to its lack of reservoir needing less servicing and overall costs after you take the water waste into consideration. The lifespan of a filter depends on usage and water hardness, but can last 6 months to a year.


Average Cost of a Humidifier

A drum style can be the least expensive for installation, usually sitting around $100 to $250. While this doesn’t seem overly high, it is important to note that the maintenance costs can overshadow the overall.

A bypass style installation can range from $300 to $500, while the maintenance costs are minimal.

The best humidifier for your home will depend on the need for humidity and the time you wish to spend on servicing the unit. With all mechanical parts, a humidifier will need servicing, and regular filter or drum changes. Making the best choice for your home is daunting, but with this information, you can make an informed choice and feel confident about your decision.

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