Can I Use a Humidifier and HVAC Together At the Same Time?

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Can I Use a Humidifier and HVAC Together At the Same Time?

As we enter the heart of winter let’s remember it’s not just cold air, but it’s cold DRY air. While we love to complain about the summer humidity, the dry air can also be unpleasant. The good news is Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can set you up with a whole house humidifier in your Waterford, MI home. 

HVAC system

The humidifier works in conjunction with your furnace by adding moisture to the heated air that is distributed throughout the house. This allows you to keep the humidity in the ideal range of 35% to 50%. 

Why add a humidifier?

The problems caused by air that’s too dry are very real:

  • Dry chapped skin
  • Sore throats
  • Respiratory problems
  • Damage to wood floors, furniture, and trim
  • Annoying static electricity

A humidifier also improves your indoor air quality. Studies have shown dry air is more conducive to the spread of the flu and other viruses. 


We all know how dry air makes you feel cooler during a hot summer day. But it also makes you feel colder during winter. Adding humidity to the air in your home makes you feel warmer when it’s cold outside. So much so, you may be able to lower the heat setting on your thermostat which will save you money.

Air conditioner

Some of you may be asking if the humidifier plays a role during the cooling season. The answer is probably not. We all know your central air conditioner removes moisture from the air to make your home comfortable so, in most cases, there is no need to run both systems during the cooling season. There may be some rare circumstances where the humidity drops too low while the air conditioner is running, and a humidifier could help. You could also consider adding ductless mini split air conditioners instead of running your central A/C and humidifier at the same time. Modern mini splits have built in features to maintain the humidity level for maximum comfort.

Quality without compromise

This is what Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has been delivering in Waterford, MI and the surrounding area since 1929. Call us to learn more about whole house humidifiers working in conjunction with your HVAC system(s). Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.