Home Improvement Ideas Plumbing Installations & Repairs How to Install a Whole-House Humidifier to Defeat Dry Air Stop settling for dry air. Instead, install a whole-house humidifier. It's easier than you may think. By Caitlin Sole Caitlin Sole Instagram Caitlin Sole is the senior home editor at BHG. She is a writer and editor with nearly a decade of interior design expertise. She has vast experience with digital media, including SEO, photo shoot production, video production, eCommerce content, print collaboration, and custom sales content. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on November 9, 2022 Fact checked by Marcus Reeves Fact checked by Marcus Reeves Marcus Reeves is an experienced writer, publisher, and fact-checker. He began his writing career reporting for The Source magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. His book Somebody Scream: Rap Music's Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power was nominated for a Zora Neale Hurston Award. He is an adjunct instructor at New York University, where he teaches writing and communications. Marcus received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Learn about BHG's Fact Checking Process Share Tweet Pin Email Project Overview Working Time: 2 hours Total Time: 2 hours Skill Level: Intermediate Protect your family from dry air by doing a DIY whole-house humidifier installation. These systems are relatively simple to add. They typically attach to the main stack of a forced-air furnace where the unit draws its water from a nearby hot or cold water pipe. Some humidifiers are installed in the return-air duct and add moisture to the air before it's heated. Others employ a bypass duct to move heated air through the humidifier and reintroduce it to the air going to the house. Installing either system involves cutting a hole in the venting using templates provided by the manufacturer. You'll need about two hours to mark the template, cut holes, and install the humidifier. Before you begin, make sure to shut off the furnace. The 10 Best Humidifiers for Plants in 2022 What You'll Need Materials Felt-tip marker Humidifier unit Vent pipe Sheet metal screws Wire nuts Instructions Mark the Hole Using the manufacturer's template and instructions, mark the hole for the humidifier with a felt-tip marker. Drill a starter hole in a corner of the outline, then cut out the hole with aviation snips. Position the mounting plate, drill screw holes, and attach the mounting plate with sheet metal screws. How to Clean Your Home's Air Filters for a Healthy House Mark Outline of Humidistat Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the location of the humidistat (most are attached to the cold air plenum). Mark the outline for this unit and cut out the hole. Install Humidistat Install the humidistat mounting plate and attach the unit. Next, connect the humidistat to the furnace controls following the instructions. If the unit requires a step-down transformer and you haven't yet run the wiring, shut the power off, install the transformer, and wire the humidistat. Connect Humidifier Do You Have Mold in Your Air Conditioner? Check for These Signs Use the correct-size wire nuts to connect the leads from the humidistat to the solenoid valve on the humidifier. Insert the wire ends into the nuts (do not twist the ends of the wires) and turn the nuts until they're tight. Run Line to Humidifer If local codes allow tapping water lines directly, install a saddle valve on a water line—preferably a hot water line—and run a line to the humidifier, fastening it with the compression fitting. If saddle valves aren't allowed, turn the water off, cut the water line, and install a T-fitting. Install a Bypass Vent (Optional) If your humidifier requires a bypass vent, use the template to mark the hole for a 6-inch bypass pipe. Drill a starter hole and cut the vent hole with aviation snips. Install a round collar in the hole, securing it with sheet metal screws. Measure the distance between the humidifier air inlet and the collar and cut the vent pipe to length. Install elbows on both ends of the vent pipe and fasten the assembly to the collar and humidifier air intake.