There are two types of home humidifiers: bypass and fan-powered. Installed as “whole home” humidifier systems, both make a big difference in the air quality of homes. They’re responsible for filtering humidified air in every room to make them feel more comfortable. Humidifiers also play an important role in helping alleviate the symptoms of a variety of different health conditions, particularly those that affect the respiratory system.
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Jon Wayne Company, your local HVAC company, discusses the differences between bypass and fan-powered humidifiers.
A bypass humidifier is the type most commonly used in homes. It works by first forcing warm air into the cabinet, where it then makes its way to the rotating drum, which is made of sponge or foam. The motor moves the drum over to the water reservoir, with the float unit controlling the speed of the drum’s rotation. The processes and mechanisms involved in this process help generate warm, moist air, which is fed into the HVAC system’s duct channels to humidify the air inside the home.
Any HVAC installation contractor would recommend this type of humidifier because of how affordable it is. For one, it doesn’t require much maintenance—changing the filters every year and getting rid of any mineral deposit buildup inside the drain are the extent of the tasks that can be done to make it last longer. Bypass humidifiers are also easy to install; in fact, some units can be wall mounted and connect the unit to air return ducts.
While this type of humidifier has all the same components as the bypass one, it’s powered by a fan, which gives it an advantage over its counterpart. It drives air across the float at a higher rate of speed, which means it’s able to generate at least a gallon of humidity daily without using as much electricity. A fan-powered humidifier is perfect for homes that don’t have basements, are built on concrete slabs and have an HVAC system installed in the garage.
The great thing about this type of humidifier is that it can run on its own without having to depend on the HVAC system running. Unlike its counterpart, it doesn’t have a bypass duct, which helps save space. Also, it uses water more efficiently because of how it generates more humidity.
Jon Wayne Company offers heating and air conditioning services to customers in the local area. Our experts can also provide an assessment of air quality, along with solutions that will work for your home. Call (903) 807-0307 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of Mt Vernon, TX.