San Diego Plumbing Company Reviews 5 Whole House Humidifiers
With the wet winter coming up, we’re already getting calls about the feasibility of whole house humidifiers, particularly from our clients in Imperial Beach, Mission Beach and other coastal towns. Considering that mold remediation can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars, the few hundred you’ll pay buying and installing a whole house humidifier should out-earn your investment the first year.
Types of Whole House Humidifiers:
- Mist/Steam Humidifiers are the most expensive, but also the most efficient, as it is easiest to control the desired amount of humidity, it is compact, and it doesn’t require a drain or a pan for excess water that can result in mold.
- Bypass Flow-Through Humidifiers are priced in the mid-range, and require a pipe to move the water to a control valve on top of the humidifier. When humidity is needed, the valve opens, spraying water onto a holding pad that is evaporated by dripping through a filter.
- Drum (or Bypass) Humidifiers are the cheapest, but require cleaning every month, as the water will evaporate when the humidifier is not running, causing mold to grow in the water pan. It is installed onto your furnace’s air return ductwork via a pipe that puts water into a reservoir pan attached to the furnace.
As San Diego whole house humidifier installers, we at Perry Plumbing Heating & Air not only depend on our experience serving San diego families and businesses, we further researched customer reviews to come up with our top five whole house humidifiers for all budgets.
- Aprilaire 600 (retails for $199.95)
Aprilaire® comes with a built-in bypass damper with a handle that distributes more than 50% more moisture than other whole house humidifiers. The model uses the furnace blower to move air through the water panel, and it will automatically let you know when to change the filter (about once a year). It provides the highest evaporation rate, and is easy to maintain with a test and reset button. The best feature is the drain-through technology, which leaves no standing water once the humidifier turns off. This unit must be installed by a licensed HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning) professional like Perry Plumbing.
- Aprilaire 700 (retails for $275.00)
This model has an automatic digital control, and it delivers 50% more moisture than the other brands. An outdoor temperature sensor will monitor any temperature changes. Additionally, the temperature and relative humidity is displayed in the manual mode. It is quiet, and requires very little maintenance. If this unit is not installed by an HVAC contractor, the 5-year warranty is void.
- Honeywell HE360A (retails for $209.95)
This bypass flow-through model humidifier has variable speeds for the fan, and no bypass duct is required (but a drain is required). The air entering the humidifier is forced through the pad by the fan. It is powered with an electric cord, uses less water, and is compact.
- Essick Air EP9 800 (retails for $139.95)
This model has a digital display on the control panel enabling you to choose your humidity level. It will shut off automatically when your desired humidity is reached or when the water reservoir is empty.
- Honeywell HE300A1005 (retails for $279.95)
This fan-powered flow-through whole-house humidifier has variable speeds, is easy to mount, and no bypass duct is required (but a drain is required). Powered with an electric cord, this unit features easy to replace pads, and it the bypass will automatically close when it’s not in use.Easy to replace pads. Advanced models save energy by automatically closing the bypass when not in useusing less water and saving energy by eliminating the constant cycling of air, saving customers water, energy and money. Plus, since humidified air feels warmer, customers can turn their thermostats down to help reduce heating bills. using less water and saving energy by eliminating the constant cycling of air, saving customers water, energy and money. Plus, since humidified air feels warmer, customers can turn their thermostats down to help reduce heating bills. using less water and saving energy by eliminating the constant cycling of air, saving customers water, energy and money. Plus, since humidified air feels warmer, customers can turn their thermostats down to help reduce heating bills
Perry Plumbing Heating & Air Expertly Installs Your Whole-House Humidifier
Don’t let dry air ruin your health, or even ruin the items in your home (plaster, furniture, electronics, etc.). Whole house humidifiers will keep the temperature in your home more consistent, and you’ll notice fewer nosebleeds, dry coughs, cracked skin, and respiratory trouble, including asthmatic flare-ups. Whole house humidifiers will improve the quality of your life.
Perry Plumbing Helps You Choose the Best. We Install It Right the First Time
You always want a professional plumber to install your whole house humidifier because without the right tools and training, an easy job can turn into hours of headache and even damage to the new unit. We have installed every brand of whole house humidifier and are more than happy to advise you on your various choices. So call Perry Plumbing Heating & Air!
Our clients have given us 5-star reviews on Google Plus and Yelp. Feel free to contact us to make an appointment, but also check to see which of our San Diego plumbing discounts and specials can apply to you and your situation. Call 619 472 2112 with questions or to schedule an appointment.