How a Whole-Home Humidifier or Dehumidifier Works
We install a whole-home dehumidifier or humidifier as part of your HVAC system and network of air ducts. It manages humidity as your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner focuses on comfortable temperatures.
The humidifier utilizes a pad and rotating drum or steaming system to raise moisture levels. It starts by drawing water from an external source, like a tap or a reservoir, and then vaporizing it into the air. As the water vapor rises, it adds more moisture to the home’s atmosphere. The amount of moisture in the air is monitored by a humidity sensor so that you can adjust the level of humidity in your home to the level of comfort you desire. The humidity sensor also helps the humidifier understand when it has to turn off as soon as the desired level has been reached.
Meanwhile, a dehumidifier reverses this process and pulls in wet air. It utilizes a fan to force this air over refrigerated evaporator coils, which cools it down. This condenses. The dehumidifier then moves the extra moisture into a pan or drain. For most whole-home systems, this moisture is drained out and away from your home.
Both systems are more effective than their compact equivalents, which can only treat a single room at a time. A whole-home system also requires much less upkeep than a lightweight dehumidifier or humidifier.