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Bypass vs. steam whole-house humidifiers
There are two primary types of whole-house humidifiers: bypass and steam. If you’re not interested in what makes them different, there’s only one thing to know: steam humidifiers are better. That’s what you should get!
Ok, now for the long explanation! Bypass humidifiers are inexpensive, but they’re also very inefficient. They consist of a unit that connects to your return ductwork and to a water line. They also connect to a bypass duct that draws warm air from your HVAC system through water inside the unit. That humidity then circulates throughout your home.
Bypass humidifiers are inefficient because they:
- Steal heat from your furnace to heat the water
- Require a lot of water relative to other humidification options
Imagine you had to open a water tap every time your furnace kicked on. That’s what a bypass humidifier has to do. It also only works while your furnace is running.
Steam humidifiers, on the other hand, are way more efficient! They have a little heater inside that boils water, so you don’t have to steal heat from your furnace. You can also run them as needed. They rely on the furnace fan to circulate humidity, but the furnace itself doesn’t need to be running for them to work.
That said, there’s a good chance you’ll prefer to only run them when the heat is on. We’ll explore why in just a sec.
Another plus with steam humidifiers is that they put out a lot more humidity than bypass units. They’re just more powerful! You’re more likely to achieve your target humidity – and achieve it consistently – than with a bypass unit.