humidifierWhole house humidifiers are significantly more effective and easier to maintain than individual portable humidifiers.  There are three main types of whole house humidifiers: steam, bypass and fan-powered.  The professionals from Lea Heating & Air Conditioning are always available to discuss options and make recommendations for the best choice to meet your specific needs.

Steam humidifiers infuse moisture into the air by heating water electrically until it boils to create humidity in the form of steam.  This option works even if your furnace isn’t on.  The steam is carried by the system blower and dispersed through vents.  Steam humidifiers offer the fastest and most natural method of increasing and maintaining comfortable humidity levels.

Bypass humidifiers add moisture to the warm air from a furnace.  It first draws warm air from the heating ducts, then passes it through a water panel.  The air absorbs moisture that is introduced back into the air stream, and then into your home.  Bypass humidity can be installed in a forced air handling system on the supply or return plenum (air distribution box connected to the ductwork).

Fan-powered humidifiers work the same way as a bypass humidifier, with the addition of a fan to blow air across the internal pad (water panel) for greater water evaporation.  Power humidifiers can normally produce a gallon more of humidity a day when compared to the bypass unit.  The electricity utilized by the internal fan is about the same as a 25-watt light bulb.  Fan-powered flow-through systems don’t require a bypass duct, allowing them to be installed in smaller spaces.

We install humidifiers in Huntley, Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Inverness, Barrington, Streamwood, Crystal Lake, & Cary, IL!

Lea Heating & Air Conditioning, through our partnership with Bryant, is able to provide our customers with the most effective and economical solutions to home humidifying.  Bryant humidifiers add much needed moisture to the air, promoting a cleaner, healthier home.  They feature low-noise operation, front-facing easy-access door, large or small capacity, and the most innovative technology on the market today.

During winter months, heated air can drop humidity levels to 10% or less.  According to the Mayo Clinic, humidity levels should range somewhere between 30 to 50%.  Humidity refers to the amount of atmospheric water vapor, and at optimum levels, you’ll feel warmer.  Through the use of a humidifier, the body’s natural cooling mechanism is slowed, allowing you to feel comfortable at lower temperature settings, saving money on heating costs.

Humidifiers protect wood furnishings from drying and cracking, and limit the number of viruses and bacteria that thrive in dry air.  Insufficient humidity can trigger sore throat, bloody noses, itchy eyes, and aggravate symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and thyroid disorders.

Humidifiers allow those who suffer from allergies and asthma to breathe easier.  Proper moisture in your home also helps skin stay hydrated and supple.

Contact Lea Heating & Air Conditioning today for Indoor Air Quality Solutions!

If you’ve ever gotten a shock from your carpet, your home may suffer from low humidity levels.  Overly dry air makes you feel colder, less comfortable and leads to turning up the thermostat.  The solution is simple, convenient and cost-effective: Give Lea Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 847-305-2800.  You’ll always speak to a friendly and knowledgeable member of our team. Our team of HVAC specialists provides a range of indoor air quality solutions and services in Elgin, Carpentersville, West Dundee, East Dundee, Algonquin, Sleepy Hollow, & Lake in the Hills, IL. Contact us today!