The human body registers heat not only as temperature but rather as a combination of temperature and humidity. A higher humidity level in the air during winter will allow you to set your thermostat to a lower temperature which will assist to save you costs on your utilities.
Humidity in the air during the cold months prevents dry skin developing, as well as certain ailments like sore throats and colds. At Staton, we provide a variety of different methods to reach the desired results.
How Does It Work?
Humidifiers work in a way that adds moisture to heated air. As the warm air passes through your heater, moisture is added using a variety of different methods. The most common method is by use of the evaporator pad. This water-soaked pad allows the air to absorb moisture from it as the air passes through. The humidistat on your humidifier allows you to control the percentage of moisture added to your air. Although humidity is good to a degree, too much can be troublesome.
Types – Varied and Diverse
The humidifier, just like every other part of a heating or cooling system, comes is a variety of forms, each different in operation, however, reaching the same end result.
The spray nozzle type is the cheapest option. A small box mounted outside of your ductwork is attached to a nozzle on the inside of the ductwork. As the air passes, the nozzle releases moisture for absorption. This variety doesn’t offer as much additional humidity as some of the others on offer. Drum units consist of a foam pad that is mounted to a drum. The drum turns in a pan that is filled with water, the pad soaking up the moisture.
The passing air absorbs moisture from the pad. This option requires regular cleaning of the pan as algae can begin to form. Evaporator pads consist of a pad with a stream of water running down it. The water evaporates as moisture is added to the air. The pad on the water evaporator type option should be changed at least once yearly. Steam units are the expensive option, often used in commercial buildings. As you can see your selection is not limited, and the guidance of a professional like Staton is definitely in order.
Staton HTG & Air, Inc. offers efficient services for all your heating requirements. We know what is expected and how to help you cost save where you can. Call us today and allow one of our technicians to explain to you the value of a humidifier to your health, your possessions, and your utility bill. (770) 667-3992.