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Whole-Home Humidifiers in Dallas, TX

In Dallas, TX, humidity in the summer months is not something that residents have to worry about. However, when the temperatures drop and the air gets cooler, that once-humid air dries out significantly. Not only is dry air uncomfortable, but it can lead to respiratory issues and other health problems when the humidity levels are too low within your home. 

If you’re suffering from low humidity in your home, the Dallas indoor air quality specialists from Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating have the solution. A whole-home humidifier can solve your home’s dry air problem by balancing the humidity levels, which helps you achieve optimal comfort indoors.  

Our HVAC company has provided quality heating and air conditioning services for Dallas residents for over 25 years. If you’re looking for an HVAC company you can trust, look no further than Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating. 

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What is a Whole-Home Humidifier?

Whole-house humidifiers can be added to HVAC units to deliver moisture into homes. Now you’re probably thinking, why would I want to add humidity to my home? Well, when your home has insufficient humidity, it can lead to poor indoor air quality, health problems, and more. Dry air can make your home feel stuffy during the winter months due to the lack of moisture in the air. You may even feel like your heating system isn’t working properly since low moisture levels can make your home feel colder.  

The whole-home humidifier increases humidity in your home by blowing moisture through the air ducts during the dry winter months. This whole home system is not to be confused with portable humidifiers. While those units are also beneficial for humidity control, they only add moisture to the particular room they’re in. On the other hand, whole-house humidifiers can control the humidity and add moisture to all the rooms throughout your home. 

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How Does a Whole-Home Humidifier Work?

A whole-house humidifier is installed within your air ducts either on the supply or return end of your furnace. The system is connected to your home’s water supply which is how it’s able to provide moisture through your home. Within the humidifier is a rotating drum, steam system, or humidifier pad that distributes the water into the air. When air runs through your humidifier, the water evaporates into the air and increases the moisture levels before exiting on the other side.

There are three different types of whole-home humidifiers that you can choose from.

  1. Bypass humidifier: This system is connected to the return portion of the furnace or air handler. It only runs when your central heating system is running and utilizes the furnace’s air blower to distribute moisture through your home. This option is ideal for small to medium-sized homes and makes very little noise.
  2. Fan-powered humidifier: This system has a built-in fan that blows moisture through your home’s air ducts. A fan-powered humidifier provides more moisture in the air and operates even when your central heating unit isn’t running. Homes that are medium to large sizes can benefit most from this type of humidifier.
  3. Steam humidifier: This humidifier includes an additional heating element that creates steam instead of using warm air from the furnace or fan, like the other two options above. Inside the humidifier is a small pool of water that is heated to create steam. Once heated, the steam will travel through your air ducts. This system is best suited for larger homes.

As you can see, there are several options to choose from when selecting a whole-house humidifier. Certain systems work better than others depending on the size of your home. If you’re not sure which one would best suit your Dallas home, the heating and cooling experts from Sherrell Air Conditioning and Heating are ready to help!

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Benefits of Humidifiers

Installing a whole-home humidifier has many benefits for both your home and your family.

  • Improved Health: Many Dallas, TX residents suffer from allergies and respiratory problems caused by dry, warm air. Dry air causes throats and respiratory systems to become irritated, which makes people more susceptible to viruses. Adding moisture into the air can alleviate any respiratory issues and help everyone in your home to breathe easier. 
  • Healthy Skin: Excessively dry air and dry skin are not a good combination. If you’re battling acne or dermatitis, dry air can make matters worse. A home humidifier can provide moisture that your skin desperately needs to stay healthy. An added benefit? Moisture keeps your skin hydrated and supple, which can help prevent wrinkles. 
  • Flooring and Furniture Protection: Not only does dry air deplete moisture from your skin, but it’s essentially doing the same thing to your real wood flooring and furniture. When your home lacks moisture, it can cause window frames, doors, flooring, and furniture to shrivel and crack. 
  • Sleep Better: If you’re struggling with a snoring partner, the excessively dry air in your home is most likely making it worse. Whole-house humidifiers add moisture to the air and prevent you and your partner’s respiratory system from drying out while you sleep.  

A whole-house humidifier can help improve your family’s health and your overall indoor air quality. Also, when your home has the right moisture levels, you can enjoy energy savings on electric bills. If you’re interested in learning more about installing a whole-house humidifier system, contact our indoor air quality specialists at Sherrell Air Conditioning and Heating today. 

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How To Know If You Need a Whole-House Humidifier

There’s a chance you may not realize that your home is suffering from the effects of overly dry air. The humidity level inside your home should be between 40-60%, which can be found using a digital humidity device or smart thermostat. If you don’t have these on hand, we’ve listed some signs that may indicate your home could use some added moisture in the air: 

  • Dry skin and scalp
  • Runny nose, scratchy throat, and/or dry eyes
  • Static electricity
  • Cracking wood flooring and furniture
  • Ongoing asthma and allergy issues

If your home has too much humidity, it can cause a number of other problems caused by the extra moisture. Sherrell Air Conditioning and Heating also provides Dallas dehumidifier services if you’re experiencing excess humidity throughout your home. Signs that you may need a whole home dehumidifier are musty smells, water stains, foggy windows, water damage, and decaying wood. Too much moisture in the air can lead to mold growth and mildew growth, which can lead to allergies and respiratory problems. 

Whether you have too much moisture or not enough moisture, Sherrell Air Conditioning and Heating has you covered with our Dallas dehumidifier and humidifier services. 

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How Much Do Whole-Home Humidifiers Cost?

The costs for your whole-home humidifier will vary depending on the type of model you choose, the size of your home, and other factors relating to your particular HVAC system. When shopping for a home humidifier, our Dallas indoor air quality specialists at Sherrell Air will provide you with options to choose from based on your budget and the size of your home. A whole-house humidifier can cost anywhere from $395 to $735. Some higher-end home humidifier systems can cost around $1,000. 

The prices we’ve mentioned are based on the national average of whole-house humidifier costs and installations. There are other factors that can affect the cost of your system that we have listed below: 

  • Size and Capacity
    • It pretty much goes without saying, but larger homes will need larger and more powerful home humidifiers. Larger homes will also use more water daily, increasing the daily operating costs of your whole-home humidifier. 
      • 1,000 to 2,000 sq. ft. homes need a 12-gallon capacity which costs between $250 to $730 for the unit and installation.
      • 2,500 to 3,000 sq. ft. homes need a 17-gallon capacity humidifier that can cost between $300 to $1,400. 
      • 3,000 to 5,000 sq. ft. houses need an 18-gallon humidifier which can run between $450 to $2,000. 
  • Quality and Brand: Another factor that affects cost is the quality of the whole-home humidifier and the brand. We’re an American Standard dealer at Sherrell Air Conditioning and Heating, but our air quality technicians have experience working with all brands and models. When discussing your home humidifier options with your technician, mention the budget you’d like to stay within so they can make proper recommendations.
  • Location of Your HVAC System: If your HVAC system is difficult to access, it may affect the installation and labor costs. When conducting your home humidifier consultation, your Dallas air quality technician will inspect your home’s HVAC and let you know if its location will affect your overall costs. If that’s the case, they can recommend more cost-effective options that will be easier to install based on the HVAC location.
  • Additional Equipment: Any equipment you add to your home humidifier will come with extra costs. For instance, a humidity gauge will monitor the moisture level inside your home, and a humidistat can monitor your home’s humidity levels. These add-ons aren’t necessary for your system, but they can provide helpful insights and help you save money in the long run. 

When consulting with your air quality specialist about installing a whole-house humidifier, it’s essential to consider the above factors while shopping for a system. Your Sherrell Air technician will provide recommendations based on your budget and other needs when suggesting whole-home humidifiers. You can guarantee that we will never recommend any equipment we wouldn’t put in our own homes. 

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Whole-Home Humidifier Installation, Repair, and Maintenance Throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

There’s a fine line between your home having too much and not enough moisture. Whether you’re suffering from one or the other (or both!), the indoor air quality specialists at Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating are ready to make your Dallas home more comfortable.

At Sherrell Air Conditioning and Heating, we proudly serve businesses and homeowners in Dallas, TX and the surrounding area. In addition to providing humidity and air quality services, we also offer repair, replacement, and other HVAC services for your heating and cooling system. What’s more, we always have our customer’s best interests in mind, which is why we offer financing options, specials, and a preventative maintenance program.

If you’re ready to improve your home’s humidity levels, call Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating at (972) 216-1961 today.

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