Just like temperature, having the right humidity level at home matters. Here’s ways to know yours, and spot possible signs that it may need a fix.
— Just like temperature, having the right humidity level at home matters. Here’s ways to know yours, and spot possible signs that it may need a fix.
When it comes to feeling more comfortable and saving energy, most people turn to thermostats. But there's another essential factor to consider: humidity.
Just like being too warm or too cold, having a humidity level in home that’s too high or too low can have an impact on comfort feeling.
"Humidity alone isn't the only factor that can affect home's air quality and comfort level, but when it combines with a temperature that’s also really high or low, it can be more troublesome," says Adnan Grifat, an HVAC technician at Any Season Heating & Cooling serving Des Plaines IL and Chicago metro.
Take dry winter air as an example. It can cause chapped lips, staticky hair and clothes, and even occasional nosebleeds.
Humid summer weather, on the other hand, can also create annoyances. Mold and dust mites thrive in more humid environments - and both create problems for allergy and asthma sufferers. Plus, we all know how uncomfortable heat and humidity are when they’re combined (an effect that Chicago weather reports call the humidex).
In the summer, an air conditioning unit typically helps prevent humidity as it cools your space down. However, an AC unit that is too large for the space and cools the air faster than humidity (water vapors) can be removed from the air can leave a cold and clammy feeling. If that’s the case, people may need a dehumidifier or to talk to a qualified HVAC contractor Chicago about other options.
Ideal humidity – and signs of trouble
Every home is different, but a level between 30% and 40% humidity is typically ideal for keeping homes warm and comfortable in the winter, without leaving condensation on the windows. In the summer, that level can be higher, between 50% and 60%.
So, here a way to know home ideal humidity levels: That’s where a device that can measure humidity comes in.
people may have a humidistat, which lets people monitor and control home’s humidity level. Most humidistats are wired to a humidifier mounted right to the gas furnace, or they’re located on a wall elsewhere in home.
They look and function a lot like thermostats, but instead of measuring temperature and making adjustments, work or home humidistats measure relative humidity in the air and turn the humidifier on or off in response. Most residential furnaces don’t have a dehumidifier function and only add humidity as needed. If the client home is too humid, it might still need a portable dehumidifier to address it.
Any Season Heating & Cooling cautions that older wall humidistats are often inaccurate with their readings. On the plus side, most smart thermostats display the humidity level in homes (although they cannot control it). Customers could also pick up a hygrometer, an inexpensive device that helps measure moisture levels in air at home, so customers have the right information to make possible adjustments.
Understanding humidity in home can give people a picture of where they may have opportunities to make places more energy efficient, Any Season Heating & Cooling points out. Once a client armed with the right information, they can take steps to improve whole home comfort and humidity.
A programmable thermostat stops you from having to manually adjust the temperature during the day and night. You can program the thermostat to be warmer during the day, cooler at night and take the seasonal weather changes into consideration. An HVAC professional from Any Season Heating & Cooling can help you choose the right programmable thermostat and teach you how to use it to best suit your needs.
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