When you want to increase your comfort, save money on heating your home and improve your health, consider a whole-house humidifier. When the air dries out in the fall because you’re heating it, it feels cooler, increasing your need for heat. Dry air also promotes the growth of bacteria and viruses and is exceptionally hard on your home and its contents.
Dry air increases the rate of evaporation from your skin, which makes you feel cooler. Increasing the humidity indoors by 10 percent translate to feeling one degree warmer. Increasing the heat to compensate for the lack of moisture in the air only makes the air drier. When you use a whole-house humidifier, water vapors circulate through your home. These systems normally use thermostats or humidistats to control the amount in your home, which should range between 30 and 50 percent for maximum comfort.
Once your home reaches a comfortable humidity level, it feels warmer and you can turn the thermostat down, which lowers the cost of heating your home. A whole-house system is also less expensive to run than portable humidifiers throughout your home, each of which draw electricity and require weekly maintenance. A central system typically needs cleaning only at the end of the heating season under most conditions.
The reason that health experts call winter the cold and flu season is that bacteria and viruses multiply faster when the humidity is lower. Dry air can irritate your respiratory tract, irritating sinuses and making congestion from colds or allergies feel worse. It’s also not good for your home, either, since anything made from wood dries out and can crack. Sometimes the damage is permanent, especially to sensitive electronics. Even the smallest shock caused by exceptionally dry air can disrupt their operation.
To learn more about increasing your comfort this winter with a whole-house humidifier, contact Roth Heating & Cooling. We’ve provided HVAC services for the Portland area since 1976.