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Winter brings about extremely dry air, which can lead to all kinds of uncomfortable situations, such as dry skin, sore throat, and excess static electricity. In addition, dry air can increase the spread of viruses and bacteria in the air, leading to increased incidents of illness. Instead of suffering through the discomfort, invest in a humidifier.

Humidifiers help keep you and your family comfortable even when the air outside is dry by adding moisture back into the air as it enters your home. This makes your home a more comfortable place to live. Kansas City’s notoriously dry winters can pose a real threat to your family’s comfort, health, and belongings. When drier air from outside is used to heat the home, the result is a drop in the level of humidity.

A whole-home humidifier will add the proper moisture to your entire home, has no messy tanks to clean and fill, operates quietly and out of your living space. With a whole-home humidifier, you’ll experience both health and environmental benefits.

While our experienced technicians will recommend the best solution for your home’s unique comfort needs, here are a few of the basic types and advantages/disadvantages of each.


A bypass humidifier bypasses air from the supply duct to the return duct. A moistened pad positioned between the ducts releases water vapor into the air. The furnace needs to be on for best operation. Bypass humidifiers can effectively serve a typical home where humidity is desired but the level of control is given up for economical installation and maintenance.

Advantage – Most economical to install and maintain

Disadvantage – Furnace needs to be on or operating for humidification


A fan-powered humidifier is mounted on the supply duct and pulls air from the warm air supply and pushes it through a moistened pad. The furnace needs to be on for best operation. Similar to bypass humidifiers, fan-powered humidifiers can serve a typical home where humidity is desired but the level of control is given up for economical installation and maintenance. Fan power to tight applications and economical to maintain

Advantage – Can produce more humidity per day than bypass humidifiers

Disadvantage – Furnace needs to on for humidification and requires an auxiliary 120-volt power source


Steam humidifiers boil water to inject humidity into the air. Steam humidifiers are on-demand and can provide humidification regardless of whether the furnace is operating. Steam humidifiers are perfect for the homeowner that wants control of humidity levels, regardless of furnace operation. Homes with expensive wood floors, antiques, and other valuable items can benefit from on-demand humidification system.

Advantage – On Demand humidification and highest output of any humidifier

Disadvantage – Higher upfront investment but can pay off with superb humidification


Air filtration systems are the best defense you have in your home to preventing viruses and bacteria from swirling around the air. Make sure that you are protecting your family with a high-quality air filtration system from Cates.


Don’t stress out about paying for HVAC repair and replacement services when you go with Cates Heating and Cooling. We offer a few financing options that will help you pay for your services.

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If 2 years from the date of installation you are not satisfied, Cates will try to quickly resolve your problem. If the solution is not to your satisfaction Cates, will remove and refund the cost of your equipment.

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