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Portable Humidifiers vs. Whole House Humidifiers

Whole House Humidifier vs. Portable Humidifiers

We’re nearing the month of November, and the air around us is getting drier and drier.

This is the time of year that customers start asking us what we recommend when it comes to air humidifiers, so we thought we’d break down the pros and cons of the most popular options on today’s blog!

PORTABLE HUMIDIFIERS

Pros

  • Low Cost
    • People usually start with this option, to see the difference they feel when the air in their home has been humidified.
  • Portable
    • Most customers learn that they love breathing in the moist air that humidifiers offer. When they’ve purchased one of these small units, they can put it in the space that’s most optimal for them.
  • Versatile
    • These units come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and even functionalities. Since it will likely be on display, people like to choose one that fits their personal style.

Cons

  • Portable
    • It can be frustrating to have to carry the humidifier into different rooms, and if you decide to purchase a separate unit for another room, it becomes just as expensive as a whole house humidifier.
  • Range of Humidifying
    • Since it’s a smaller unit, it is only able to truly humidify one area of your home at a time.
  • Maintenance
    • Portable humidifiers require daily water changes, and if not done correctly collected water can contribute to the spread of bacteria in your home.

WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIERS

Pros

  • Scale of Performance
    • This is a bona-fide home heating MACHINE. It can control the humidity levels for every room and every floor of the house—not just one area at a time.
  • Maintenance
    • Unlike the portable option, there is no daily maintenance required for a whole house humidifier. They’re connected to your home’s water supply, so all you have to do is change its pads like you’d change an air filter.
  • Very Quiet
    • Though portable humidifiers aren’t extremely loud, they’re certainly louder than the whole house option.
  • Low Cost
    • While installation costs are higher than the portable option, which requires no installation fee, the cost over time is significantly lower for whole house humidifiers, as they have a longer lifespan and reach more areas than portable options can.

Cons

  • Commitment
    • When it comes down to it, the only major con that our customers find with whole house humidifiers is that they aren’t ready to make a commitment to a complete humidifying system. Often, this con goes away when they’ve tried out a portable option and see the difference in air quality that they enjoy throughout the winter!

The team at BNG Heating and Cooling is comprised of home comfort experts. We can help you install your home humidifying system today! Give us a call or visit one of our many locations to get started.

Home Maintenance Mistakes You Make Every Fall

The first official day of fall is just days away!

This change of seasons comes with a long to-do list for homeowners, and, unfortunately, most homeowners get that to-do list all wrong.

You’re covering your outdoor AC unit.

While a unit cover may seem appealing for blocking out leaves, sticks, and other debris that collects in the fall and winter months, AC covers actually present a much greater risk of sealing in moisture and allowing it to freeze inside your unit.

Maybe your unit even came with a custom-shaped cover?

Trust us—don’t use it.

You’re not scheduling maintenance when everything is running well.

You just survived another hot, hot summer and your AC never broke down—phew! It’s easy to claim that “win” then move on to the fall thinking that everything will be fine until next summer, but would you leave your car parked for 6 months and expect it to run perfectly when you crank it back up? Nope!

Just like any other heavy machinery, your AC unit needs to be checked and tuned up throughout the year, even if you haven’t noticed any problems. This saves you so much money in expensive repairs and unit replacements down the road.

You’re not doing anything at all.  

If you’re in this boat, here’s a small list of things that you need to be doing in order to keep your unit running efficiently for as long as it can:

  • Wash Your AC Unit

Using just a water hose, you can wash off the outdoor debris that has collected on your unit all summer. You should work to clear out leaves, dirt, small twigs and branches, weeds, and any other trash collecting in your unit.

Some online instructions will tell you to disassemble your unit in order to more thoroughly clean it. We recommend leaving this more rigorous cleaning to your AC maintenance experts, so that you do not damage any of the fragile internal parts of your unit.  

  • Install Foam Pipe Covers

Adding these around the exposed pipes on the exterior of your house adds a little extra insulation and protection against the freezing temperatures that are to come. All you need are rolls of pipe insulation, heavy-duty scissors to cut it with, and some duct tape to hold it all together. Here’s a great step-by-step instructional video.

Want experts to help you prepare your unit for fall?

Having regular maintenance is, hands down, the most sure-fire way to ensure a long life for your HVAC unit.

Give us a call or go online to schedule your consultation today.

Pet Owners: Is Your Air Quality Under Control?

You love them, you really do. But sometimes your furry friend’s dander makes the air in your house less-than-optimal. Don’t sacrifice clean, conditioned air just because you love having your pets inside. Here are some steps you can take in order to have the best of both worlds:

1: Do what you can to keep pet dander at bay.

Keeping your home clean is one of the best ways to control your air quality when it comes to pets. Vacuum as frequently as you can, don’t let dust build up on surfaces, try to contain the hair by keeping your pets in certain parts of the house, and bathe your pet regularly (not just when they’ve gotten messy!).

2: Pay attention to pet hair getting caught in the air filters.

Even if you take care to keep clean in visible areas, you may be forgetting to clean your filters. When pet hair is trapped in your filters, all the air that is blown back into your house will be contaminated with dander. You’ll be reversing all the work you do to keep your house clean!

3: Invest in air purifiers.  

You can buy plants that naturally purify the air in your home or even invest in APCO whole-house air purification products—either way, taking a proactive step towards cleaner air may be the best way to counteract the impurities spread into the air by your furry friends. Want more tips? Check out this blog on air purification.

4: Keep your air conditioner going.

We know that some people prefer to turn the AC off when they leave the house, but when a pet (and its odors) stays inside while the AC if off, they’ll not only be uncomfortable but the air surrounding them will be trapped inside. Allow your AC to do it’s job of conditioning the air in your house, so that you don’t come home to an allergy and asthma hotbed.

5: Have your HVAC system regularly maintenanced.

An AC unit that is constantly fighting the effects of pet hair works harder than it would for a house without pets. To keep this from taking a toll on your system, it’s even more important that you have your system checked by professionals throughout the year (not just when it breaks down).

Want expert advice for your home’s air quality? Give us a call or go online to schedule your consultation—we know what it takes to keep your home air as clean and fresh as possible!