Whole-Home Humidifier or Portable Humidifier: Which Is Better?

Whole-Home Humidifier

It’s no secret that winters in Ottawa can be brutal. Among the freezing temperature, we also experience very dry air resulting in dry skin, irritated eyes and noses, and even an upswing in virus transmission. During the winter, many Ottawa homeowners invest in a humidifier to keep their home’s air more comfortable and easier on the body. However, if you’re interested in investing in a humidifier this winter, you may have a few questions about what type is best for you: a whole-home or a portable humidifier. Take a look at Team Harding’s expert guide to whole-home vs portable humidifiers to find the right system for your home.

Whole-Home Humidifier
A whole-home humidifier is a more powerful option, as it works with your existing heating system to add humidity and moisture to the air that’s dispersed throughout your home. A whole-home humidifier is exactly what it sounds like: it humidifies your whole home with just one system. Although the initial cost of a whole-home humidifier is high, and it requires professional installation, it’s extremely beneficial to your home and your health and is very inexpensive to run and maintain.

Portable Humidifier
A portable humidifier is also exactly what the name suggests: it’s a small, portable system that can be moved from room to room. A portable humidifier can be found at most box stores and is initially very cheap to purchase, however, it requires constant maintenance, cleaning, and refilling, and can only work in one room at a time, which means you’d have to either buy several units or pick and choose which rooms to humidify.

The Best Choice For You
A whole-home humidifier isn’t really comparable to a portable one. A whole-home unit will work to consistently humidify your entire home, while a portable humidifier is just supplementary. The best choice for your home is really dependent on your individual needs and the access you have to your furnace. If you’re a homeowner, it’s most likely the best option to invest in a whole-home humidifier, however, if you live in a rental space or somewhere that you cannot make significant changes to your HVAC system, then we recommend simply purchasing one or more portable humidifiers to disperse throughout your home.

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