Did you know that the static shocks and dry air that plague many homes during winter can trace back to inadequate relative humidity levels? The optimal relative humidity in your home should be around 30-60%, but in the dead of winter, that can drop to as low as 10 or even 6%.

One way to combat that is to get a humidifier installed in your home. However, when it comes to installing, choosing, and using humidifiers, there are a lot of possible mishaps you can run into. Read on to find out how to avoid these.

Location is Key

When getting a home-wide humidification system installed, make sure that the contractor chooses a good place to put the humidifier. The humidifier will need regular maintenance, so it should be in a spot that’s easy to access. Otherwise, there’s a decent chance that the proper repairs and maintenance won’t be done, which would defeat the purpose of having a humidifier in the first place.

Another thing to note about the humidifier’s location is that many contractors believe (incorrectly) that a humidifier should only be mounted on the supply side of the furnace to keep the humidity levels inside the furnace regular. In reality, it doesn’t actually matter whether it’s put on the return or supply side, as in the end, the levels will balance out.

Get the Right Size

One of the biggest problems you might run into with installing a humidifier in your home is finding one that is big enough to properly service your entire home. A bigger house will need a bigger humidifier, so if you get one that’s too small, it won’t be able to do its job properly. 

It’s also technically possible to get a humidifier that’s too big, but most homeowners don’t need to worry too much about that. In fact, it’s usually better to get one that’s a little bigger than what you need, in case you ever add any square footage through renovations or additions. 

Don’t Put Off Maintenance

Home humidification systems don’t really need you, as the homeowner, to do much with them. However, they do need to be cleaned and maintained periodically by a professional to make sure they’re in proper working order. If not properly maintained, humidification systems can do more harm than good, as they can spread contaminated air, mold, and mildew throughout the house. 

This point actually ties back to our earlier point about location. If, when installing the humidifier, you make sure it’s in a spot that’s easy to get to, that will help facilitate future maintenance and make it far less likely that the system will be neglected.

Make the Humidifier Independent

Many contractors make the mistake of wiring humidification systems so that they only run when the furnace is running. That significantly reduces the humidifier’s efficiency, though, and makes it much harder for you to keep your house at the proper humidity levels all through the year. Instead, let your humidifier run independently of the furnace.