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Individual or Whole House Humidifier? Keep Reading For the Answer

If you are considering investing in a humidifier, you may be wondering which one is better for your home. Dry air with a humidity level below 30 percent can cause dry nasal passages, itchy dry skin, respiratory irritation and it can make symptoms of allergies and asthma worse. It can also cause a  problem with your wood flooring and furnishings. So which type of humidifier works best?

If you are considering installing a whole house humidifier in your home, contact the heating and cooling experts at Jack Lehr, we can help you make your home comfortable, all year round.

Whole House Humidifier Vs Individual Room Humidifier

How do individual room humidifiers work?

Individual room humidifiers are a freestanding machine that can be moved around your home as needed. They run using your home’s electricity and can work to provide humidity to one room, or several rooms dependent on their size.


The portability that individual units allow are great, you can move them into the spaces where you need moisture the most. These units are good if you move a lot or you are just renting as there is no installation needed.

The negatives when it comes to individual units are that they can only add moisture to a small space and you have to constantly move them around. Some larger humidifiers can cost more than a whole house unit and are much noisier. You will have to constantly clean and refill the tank and replace the filters often.

How do whole house humidifiers work?

A whole house humidifier draws water from your home’s plumbing system. These units are cheap to operate and provide moisture to your whole home.


These systems provide a very low maintenance option when it comes to getting the right levels of humidity in your home. You have control over the humidity levels so that you can have even moisture levels throughout your whole home, leaving everyone feeling more comfortable. Whole house humidifier units can cost less to install than purchasing larger portable units. They are also very quiet and quite often you won’t even know when they are running.

The negatives for whole house units is that they are not portable and that they need to be installed correctly by a professional. You will need to clean them out at least once a year and sometimes due to their installation they can be hard to clean.

Should I Choose a Whole-House Humidifier or an Individual One?

Overall a whole house humidifier has distinct advantages over portable systems, however if you are in a situation where installing a whole house unit is not possible, you can still help the health of your home by purchasing a portable unit.


Whole House Humidifier Installation in Allentown, PA

If you would like to have a humidifier installed, contact the team at Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric. We have over 50 years’ experience helping homeowners in the Allentown, PA area, keeping their homes comfortable throughout all seasons.

If you are looking for a team of heating and cooling experts, contact us today at 610-596-9967.

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