A home humidifier attached to the return duct with a bypass connection to the supply hot air duct.

Balance Humidity with Whole-House Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers

If you’ve ever spent time outdoors on a warm, humid day, you understand how uncomfortable it can be. The same principle applies to your indoor air, with imbalanced humidity levels negatively affecting your health and well-being. If you’re experiencing too much humidity or too little, your sense of comfort won’t be complete unless levels are returned to ideal conditions. Fortunately, you have access to exceptional humidity control solutions.

Whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers are formidable enough to add moisture to or extract moisture from your home’s indoor air to maintain optimum levels of 30-60%. Environmental Systems Associates supplies both humidifier installation and dehumidifier installation in Columbia so you can secure professional-grade service and equipment that can reach your ideal sense of comfort. Request a free quote for humidity control equipment installation by reaching out to us at 410-381-7991 today.

How Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers Function

It can be harder to balance indoor humidity if your local climate is especially humid or arid. Additionally, heating and cooling cycles can further affect how much humidity is floating around. Whole-house humidity control systems reverse the impact of these outside forces. The design of humidifiers and dehumidifiers are fairly similar, with the main distinction being where the moisture is sent.

With humidifiers, water evaporates via warm air before it enters the HVAC system. Dehumidifiers run in reverse, cooling moist air so it converts back into liquid moisture. Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers are placed against the HVAC system’s ventilation so that it evenly distributes moisture across a home or commercial property. It contains a plumbing connection so that it has instant access to water or drainage.

Whole-house humidifiers are connected to the property’s plumbing system for a continual supply of water it can evaporate for humidity. Certain designs require the furnace’s blower motor while others feature their own fan system to do so.

Conversely, dehumidifiers include a condensate drain system to make sure extracted moisture is properly expelled. It could be sent to a reservoir tank or flow directly into your sump pump or sewer line. When deposited into a tank, it will need to be periodically emptied.

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What Are Some Benefits of a Humidifier/Dehumidifier?

Depending on what kind of humidity control system you need, a quality whole-house system can offer numerous benefits to your sense of comfort, such as:


  • Protects belongings from drying out: Releasing humidity into dry air benefits a lot more than how comfortable you are. For example, it helps keep wood furniture, cabinetry and flooring from drying out, which often leads to splitting or cracking.
  • Relieves allergies and skin irritation: Dry air can worsen coughing and sneezing in addition to rashes and other skin conditions. Humidifiers create consistent relief to people struggling with skin or sinus issues.
  • Diminishes risk of certain illnesses: Ample humidity in the air can help keep people healthy by keeping their nose and throat from drying out. Dry, irritated sinuses won’t be as capable of keeping illness-causing bacteria and viruses away.


  • Discourages the conditions for mold/mildew growth: Warm, humid air is an ideal environment for a wide range of microorganisms or pests. Adding a whole-house dehumidifier helps keep mold, mildew and dust mites from taking root in the hidden corners of your property. For added support when dealing with microbes, consider a UV Germicidal light.
  • Inhibits wood rot and water damage: Excessively humid air can ruin various types of materials inside, including wood furniture and flooring along with paint. These materials can warp or rot from within as a consequence of excessive moisture.
  • Helps with musty odors: Once mold and rot take hold indoors, they can produce bad odors that are tough to get rid of. Stabilized humidity keeps your indoor air smelling clean and fresh.
Close-up of a humidity indicator

Keep Humidity Levels in Balance with Installation from Environmental Systems Associates

Want to make your HVAC system more resilient while also fixing humid/dry air issues? Environmental Systems Associates can offer our support with first-rate humidifiers and dehumidifiers! With a team of expert installers in Columbia, we make it effortless to maintain balanced humidity for your home or commercial property.

Request a free quote for dehumidifier or humidifier installation in Columbia by contacting us at 410-381-7991 today.

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Committed to Comfort from the Very Start

While a long history of service is impressive, nothing is more important to customer satisfaction than a dedication to total comfort. Environmental Systems Associates considers your peace of mind our top priority, and that hasn’t changed since we first opened our doors. Learn more about our history, and how our communities support us just as much as we support you.