Humidity Solutions You Can Use
Your home’s humidity levels greatly influence the comfort you experience and your HVAC system’s performance. That’s true in both hot and cold weather. Lack of humidity control can keep a home damp and sticky, while excessive dryness can create static electricity and cause wood floors and furniture to warp or crack. Low humidity can also dry out your skin, throat and nasal passages.
In general, most people prefer humidity levels somewhere in the 30 to 50 percent range. One of the best ways to achieve this ideal humidity range, and at the same time, reduce your heating and air conditioning costs, is with a humidity control system, professionally installed by Assured Comfort.
Humidification Solutions for Winter
In the winter, gas furnaces effectively heat your home, but can drastically dry out the air and lead to issues like excess static electricity; cracking in hardwood flooring; and dry, itchy eyes, noses and throats. Furthermore, certain viruses thrive in low humidity environments, increasing the risks of infection for those who live there. A whole house humidifier can solve these problems.
Humidifiers add moisture back into the air, alleviating the effects of dry air caused by your heating system. Assured Comfort recommends the Honeywell whole house steam humidifier. A whole house humidifier can prevent problems with nosebleeds, snoring and constant static shocks; preserve wood flooring, moldings and furniture; and help household members stay in good overall health.
Dehumidification Solutions for Summer
Dehumidifiers perform the opposite function of a humidifier: they remove excess moisture from the air. Most often they’re used in areas of the home that tend to be abnormally wet, such as basements, crawlspaces and cellars. These areas often are not connected to your home’s HVAC system, so air stays relatively still and isn’t well-circulated.
By using a dehumidifier in damp areas, mold growth is inhibited, and musty odors are prevented. This is an important step to take. Stagnant air in combination with even minor moisture will promote mold growth, which causes musty odors and can negatively impact your health.
Dehumidifiers are ideal for homes with unfinished basements, workspaces or garages. Additionally, many ranch-style homes are built over a crawlspace, and for these homeowners, dehumidifiers can prevent musty odors from floating up into the living areas of their homes.
Enjoy complete humidity control at your fingertips with an easy-to-use digital control panel. If you have questions, our knowledgeable technician will talk you through the operation instructions to help you understand the capabilities of your new humidity control system.
Advantages of Whole-House Humidifiers
Anyone who’s ever been outside on a muggy summer day is well aware of what happens when the humidity levels in the air become too high. You feel hot and sticky. Your hair is frizzy and wild. Your backyard feels like the Amazon Rainforest. What you may not be aware of is that there are also consequences when the humidity gets too low, which often happens during the winter.
Low humidity levels can negatively impact yourself, your household furnishings and your home. The best way to prevent problems associated with low humidity is by installing a whole house humidifier. Here are some of the top benefits:
Low levels of humidity can lead to many different health and comfort issues. It can dry-out skin, which can result in itching and irritation. It can also lead to dry eyes, sore throats, and nose bleeds. A whole-home humidifier will solve these problems, and keep your nasal passages lubricated, which helps fight the flu and common colds. (Low humidity provides a breeding ground for certain types of bacteria, which is eliminated with a whole home humidifier.)
While portable humidifiers can solve a lot of problems, whole-home models are much more convenient. After the humidifier is installed to your furnace, you can set the humidity level to what’s most comfortable for you, and the system will automatically turn off when it reaches that level. Most portable models do not offer this feature, and you have to worry about your house getting too humid, which can lead to mold and mildew. In order to control your whole house with room units, you will either need several of them or you will have to move the same one from one room to another. With a whole-home humidifier, your whole home is accounted for with the flip of a switch.
Portable humidifiers require distilled water to operate, which can be expensive over time. Whole-home humidifiers hook up directly to your home’s plumbing line, adding a couple of dollars per month to your water bill. Proper humidity levels also allow you to feel warm at lower temperatures, so you can keep your heat down and save up to 10 percent on your energy bill.
Assured Comfort can install a whole home humidifier in your Atlanta house so you can be more comfortable this winter. Installation is fast, and we’ll provide you with the total cost before you sign the contract. To learn more about our humidity solutions, visit our website or call (770) 942-1938. You can also connect with us on social media; we are active on both Twitter and Facebook.
Humidity Management During Winter
Many people think of humidity as a bad thing, probably because it can make a hot summer day feel even hotter. But whether it’s with an air conditioner or a dehumidifier, most homes have a means of controlling the humidity when it gets too high.
But the other extreme can also happen: humidity levels can get too low, particularly in the winter. Even in climates with very hot and humid summers, the cold winter temperatures suck the moisture out of the air, leaving it uncomfortably dry. Indoor heating systems only makes things worse Still, many homes do not have a method of humidity control when it gets too low.
Humidity is your friend in winter
During the winter months, the outdoor air becomes drier and your inside air follows suit, especially if your furnace is running nonstop without a humidifier. When your home’s indoor air becomes desert-like, you feel uncomfortable and your house and household furnishings can be negatively effected as well.
The fact is, you and your home both need a certain amount of humidity to function properly. Here are just a few ways humidity is beneficial during winter:
- Reduced dryness and irritation of the nose, throat and eyes. Dry air can cause nose bleeds, sore throats, dry and itchy eyes, and dry, cracked skin and lips. Increasing moisture levels can alleviate these problems.
- Protection from colds and flu. In addition to keeping the nasal passages lubricated, air with too little humidity in it provides a breeding ground for certain types of bacteria. Having moist nasal passages keeps the germs away.
- Healthier skin. hydrated skin looks fuller and makes wrinkles less prominent.
- Less static electricity in your home. Proper humidity will also keep wood floors and furniture from splitting and prevent paint from chipping.
How to tell if your home’s humidity is too low
There are a number of telltale signs of low humidity in your home. The most signs are:
- You have a sore throat, chapped lips, itchy eyes and dry skin – especially after waking up.
- There is static electricity throughout the house. For instance, you get shocked every time to touch a doorknob.
- Your wood floors and furniture have cracks and splits.
How to increase humidity levels in your home
If you are experiencing symptoms of low humidity in your home, you may just need to invest in a portable or whole house humidifier.
- Portable humidifiers can usually be purchased at your Walmart or CVS for less than $50, depending on the model. The upside to these is that they are cheap, easy-to-use, and can be moved from room-to-room as needed. However, your control over your home’s humidity is limited and you must refill the water tank every day.
- A whole house humidifier is the most effective and controllable way to add moisture to your home’s air. This method is more expensive because professional technicians need to make modifications to your existing heating system. However, this method can provide humidity to a whole house rather than just one room, and is more precise than a portable model.
If a whole home humidity system is something you’re considering for your metro Atlanta residence, give Assured Comfort a call at 770-942-1938.