When you think of humidity, the sweltering heat of summer probably comes to mind. But did you know that low humidity can also make us feel cooler than the actual temperature? Humidity describes the amount of water vapor in the air. It’s essential for properly heating and cooling your home. And low humidity can cause heating problems in your home.
How Low Humidity Can Cause Heating Problems
In the winter, the humidity tends to drop to low levels – and that affects the relative humidity inside your home. Studies have shown that people tend to feel most comfortable with a relative humidity of around 45 percent. When the relative humidity is low, your house can feel colder than your thermostat reads. The result? You’re bumping up the heat again and again – pushing your heating costs higher – or giving up optimal comfort and reaching for extra blankets and layers to stay comfortable. What’s more, you might experience nasal and throat irritation or dry lips and skin.
Most experts agree that the ideal level for your thermostat is between 71 and 77 degrees, as long as the humidity doesn’t fall below that 50 percent mark. The lower the humidity level, the harder your heat pump or furnace will have to work to keep your home cozy. The best way to address low humidity is to install a humidifier on your HVAC system. Humidifiers add just the right amount of moisture to the air before it comes through your ductwork and into your living space. The proper amount of humidity will make sure your energy costs stay under control and give you an enjoyable winter season.
Are you feeling the chill? If you’re living with the effects of low humidity inside your home, ask the knowledgeable HVAC professionals at Dale’s Heating Cooling Plumbing to recommend a humidifier compatible with your heating system. They can also suggest newer HVAC systems that come equipped with the latest humidification and dehumidification technologies available to keep your home comfortable and your energy costs low. For more information, call (423) 509-8787.