Aprilaire Humidifier - Model 350

Posted: 2018-04-26

Having the right amount of humidity isn’t only beneficial to your home, it is also essential for your throat, skin, and your overall wellness. Exposure to inadequate humidity can dry out and inflame the mucous membrane lining your respiratory tract, increasing your risk of colds, the flu, and other infections. Also, when humidity levels are low, flu viruses develop and spread more easily.

In addition, when a home is less humid, the air will feel cooler which means you need to turn up your furnace to get your desired heat. Low humidity is also associated with dry skin and a higher risk of catching airborne diseases.

It is quite normal for your furnace to run 24/7 during the coldest months of winter. You may use thick curtains or close all your windows to try to hold heated air. While that is a good practice to save on your heating costs, it is still suggested to have a whole home humidifier, which can make the air feel warmer, allowing you to lower your thermostat settings.

Four Seasons Air Specialists is an HVAC company in Shoreview, MN that offers an array of whole-home humidifiers made by Aprilaire, one of the best in the industry.

What is Humidity?

Humidity refers to the presence of water vapor in the atmosphere. It is completely transparent, just like the rest of the gases in the atmosphere. 

Cooking, washing, bathing, and exercising are some household activities that contribute to the production of moisture. Believe it or not, breathing also brings moisture into the air. Your family and pets bring many liters of water into your home every day.  Moisture can also enter your house from the soil through the basement or crawl space.

Bugs and mold develop in areas that have humidity levels of 70-80 percent. A certain research has found that mite populations stop growing and die out when relative humidity goes under 60 percent.

In a cold weather, especially when cold outside air is heated indoors, the humidity may drop to as low as 10–20%. This low humidity can cause undesirable health effects, by drying out mucous membranes such as the lining of the nose and throat, and can cause respiratory irritation. Insufficient moisture also can affect wooden furniture, causing shrinkage and loose joints or cracking of pieces. Books, papers, and artworks may dwindle or bend and become brittle in very low humidity.

What is a Humidifier?

A humidifier is a device that increases moisture in an individual room or an entire building. In the home, point-of-use humidifiers are commonly used to humidify a single room, while whole-house or furnace humidifiers, which connect to a home's HVAC system, provide humidity to the entire house. 

Features of the Aprilaire Humidifier - Model 350

The Aprilaire Model 350 Humidifier is designed specifically for homes with radiators or baseboard heating systems. The Model 350 is a completely self-contained unit that's designed to be hung from the floor studs in a basement.

Ductwork is connected from the humidifier to a floor vent in a central location of the home. The humidified air is then distributed to the home through this ductwork.

The Aprilaire Model 350 Humidifier is designed specifically for a whole-home solution that helps you achieve total comfort through humidity control. While designed for homes with radiators or baseboard heating systems, it's so effective and flexible that it works equally well in homes with central heating and cooling systems. It is installed by a local HVAC professional.

  • Fits easily inside closets, heated crawl spaces and basements
  • Humidifies tightly constructed homes up to 4,500 square feet in size
  • Has an evaporative capacity of 0.50 gallons per hour
  • Requires hot water, electricity and access to a drain
  • Includes manual humidistat control that must be installed in the living area

Ultimate Home Comfort with Four Seasons Air Specialists

If you want to find out more about humidifiers or this particular product, call Four Seasons Air Specialists. We are a licensed Aprilaire dealer that employs professional technicians who can properly install your unit, making sure it works according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

We are your Shoreview heating and air conditioningcompany serving you for over four decades.