Room Humidifiers vs. Whole House Humidifiers

Room Humidifiers vs. Whole House Humidifiers

Luma Comfort HCW10B Cool & Warm Mist Humidifier

Besides there being two types of humidifiers – warm mist and cool mist – there are also two classes of humidifiers – room humidifiers and whole house humidifiers. Room humidifiers are small, portable units that humidify small areas, while whole house humidifiers are built into your HVAC system and humidify your entire home. The debate over which is better is tough to resolve, the benefits of each are so unique, so to help make your decision, we took a look at some of the most popular models and summarized their pros and cons below.

Room Humidifiers – The Pros

The main benefit of Luma Comfort room humidifiers is they concentrate humidity where it’s needed most; no energy wasted humidifying empty rooms, and their portability means humidity can be directing right into your breathing zone. Luma Comfort Room humidifiers are also less vulnerable to leaks. A room’s exposure to outside air is always less than an entire house’s exposure, so less humidity is lost.

Luma Comfort room humidifiers also create less condensation and give you more control over the humidification process. There are evaporative humidifiers, impeller humidifiers, and vaporizers, which boil water to create steam. Luma Comfort humidifiers use ultrasonic transducers to break water up into mist. They’re sleek, stylish, and blend into your home. With more options, it’s easier to adjust humidity levels with room humidifiers than whole house humidifiers, which only have one way of humidifying (evaporation) and have to work in concert with central heating in order to be effective.

Room Humidifiers – The Cons

Room humidifiers require a lot of maintenance. They have to be cleaned at least twice a month to prevent the development of mold and bacteria colonies (releasing them into the air causes a whole slew of problems, such as allergies or respiratory infections) and their water tanks have to be changed and refilled at least a day.

There’s also scale, caused whenever hard water is used in a humidifier. Calcium and magnesium particles get broken up and released into the air, creating a coat of white dust over your furniture. Scale can be prevented with demineralization cartridges, but they have to be replaced at least once a year to remain effective – an added expense whole house humidifiers don’t suffer from.

Whole House Humidifiers – The Pros

Room Humidifiers vs. Whole House Humidifiers

Aprilair 700 Whole House Humidifier

The main benefit of whole house humidifiers is they distribute humidity evenly through every room of your house. They never have to be refilled and maintenance is minimal – changing the water pad once a year. The units are attached to your ducts and connected directly to your water pipes, so they never need refilling. Because they work with existing heating systems, they’re extremely efficient and use very little electricity. Most of their power is used by the control panel and humidistat, which monitors and adjusts vapor production to keep the humidity in your house completely balanced at all times.

Whole House Humidifiers – The Cons

The biggest downside of a whole house humidifier is that they’re less cost-effective the fewer people live in your home. Because their humidity is spread through every room, you may end up generating a lot of humidity for areas that don’t need it.

Another downside is cost. Unlike room humidifiers, whole house humidifiers aren’t plug and play units. They require an HVAC contractor to install and repair, and generally cost more to purchase than a Luma Comfort room humidifier.

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