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Home Humidification System Common Mistakes

Do you have static electricity problems, damage to home furnishings, and or respiratory problems? A central humidification system may be a simple solution to address these problems. However, here are common mistakes with humidification systems homeowners and inexperienced installers make that can negate the benefits.

Getting the size wrong

Sometimes, inexperienced contractors make the mistake of installing humidification systems that are inadequately sized for the space and usage. Factors that need to be taken into account when sizing include:

  • design of your space

  • square footage

  • materials used to construct it

  • how well it is insulated

  • the type of heating system

  • the use of additional heating sources like fireplaces

Choosing the wrong type of humidification system

There are several effective types of humidification systems on the market, including flow-through units and mist or steam units. Different designs work best under certain conditions. That’s why it’s important to consider things like the hardness (mineral content) of your water when choosing humidification systems, as well as the type of heating system you have.

Sorting out all the types of humidification equipment can be challenging when you’re not an HVAC expert, so be sure to consult with an HVAC company that is experienced and knowledgeable about home humidification systems.

Installing the humidification system incorrectly

There are three common mistakes with installation humidification systems:

  • installing in a hard-to-reach location

  • wiring the system so they can only run when the furnace runs

  • failing to integrate with smart home automation systems

Even when your contractor is experienced with humidification systems, it’s important that they follow manufacturer’s installation instructions. There can be variations between different brands and different types.

Neglecting maintenance

Humidification systems don’t need very much upkeep on your part. However, it’s important to have your system periodically cleaned and serviced, ideally at the same time as your regular HVAC preventative maintenance.

Don’t have an HVAC maintenance plan yet? Contact 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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