Any time that you are thinking about adding a new appliance to your home,
it’s important to consider the implications it will have on your
home’s utility bills. Most appliances consume some type of resource
such as electricity, gas, or water. Since a whole house humidifier taps
into your home’s water supply, many homeowners wonder whether or
not installing one will have a noticeable effect on their home’s
water consumption. Today we’re going to address that concern by
answering the question, “How much water does a whole house humidifier use?
Why does a whole-house humidifier use water?
When your home’s humidity levels are low, it’s because there
is not enough moisture in the air. A whole-house humidifier addresses
this problem by adding water to the air that’s delivered by your
furnace. When a whole-house humidifier is installed, it’s connected
to your home’s pipes to have a supply of water. The unit
draws water from that supply on-demand to add moisture to the
air that flows through it.
How much water does a whole house humidifier use?
The amount of water that a whole-house humidifier uses varies depending
on the model you choose, the size of your home, the humidistat settings
that you use, and the current humidity levels in your home at any given
time. On average, you can expect a humidifier to use 1.5 to 12 gallons
of water per day. This is enough water to properly control your home’s
humidity levels while also having almost no impact on your monthly water bills.
One thing to point out about a whole-house humidifier’s water consumption
is that it only uses water on-demand when it’s needed. Nearly all
of the water that’s taken in by a whole-house humidifier is used
directly to raise your home’s humidity levels. This is unlike a
portable humidifier, which requires a constant supply of standing water
to operate. That water needs to be replaced regularly to prevent bacterial growth, which means much of the water that is used
by portable humidifiers is dumped down the drain without ever being put
to good use.
Work with a high-quality contractor to minimize your humidifier’s
As with any component that’s a part of your heating system, it’s
important to ensure your whole house humidifier is installed and maintained
by a high-quality contractor like Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning. A less-reputable contractor
might not install the humidifier properly, which can result in loose connections
that allow water to be wasted by leaking out of your pipes.
If you have any questions about how much water a humidifier uses, or if
you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home,
contact Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning, your furnace installation and repair contractor in St. Charles, MO. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like
Clayton, Cottleville and Creve Coeur, MO.