From anytime between fall and winter your home could be experiencing a severe lack of humidity, with indoor humidity levels dropping below 5%. Most indoor air quality experts recommend home humidity levels be around 30% and 55% which is the optimal range for both comfort and the containment of harmful allergens.
The air in your house during the winter time gets dry. Most homes can lose 12,000 – 15,000 gallons of water per day. The humidifier for your furnace will save you money by evaporating water and making your home more humid.
Furnace Humidifiers and How It Works: This humidifier places heat into the moisture so that your home feels warmer without having to turn up the thermostat. Dialing down your thermostat just three degrees can reduce your heating bill by as much as 5%.
Below, you will find some of the most frequent reasons for humidifying your home:
Everyone loses heat energy to the surrounding air, regardless of their activity level and it is important to know that heat energy takes two forms.
Air soaks up heat like a sponge, and when you have dry air, the air will begin to take in moisture from sources like your skin. This event causes your skin to dry up faster and triggers the reaction of feeling colder. When we feel cold, we instinctively turn up the heater. However, doing this will increase your energy costs.
Raising the moisture level of the air will prevent the need to turn up the thermostat. This is where a furnace humidifier comes into play, raising the relative humidity decreases the rate of evaporation. A humidistat provides you the comfort you want without costing you more money to get it.
Experts say home’s relative humidity should be kept between 30% and 55% in winter. Multiple medical studies prove that maintaining your home’s humidity in this optimum range hinders the survival of viruses that cause influenza and measles.
Maintaining an appropriate level of humidity in your home will reduce dry skin problems. Severe cracking of skin on the hands and face are signs of a problem with a lack of moisture.
Children who experience spontaneous nosebleeds, especially at night, are commonly live in homes with reduced humidity levels.
An added benefit of introducing more moisture into the air is that your newly moistened nasal tissues can now fulfill their job of expelling potential irritants and allergens from your nasal cavity, reducing your allergy symptoms.
Contact American Comfort One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning to help you set up a humidifier for your furnace so that you can stay warm at a lower cost for your energy!