What you need to know: Humidity and Your Heating System

156As the temperature drops here in St. Louis, typically we can feel the effects of the drier air. As we know, the colder the air, the less moisture the air can hold.

When the temperature drops and the air become colder, it can’t hold as much moisture and unfortunately the colder it is, the drier it is. That means that the air coming into your home is already suffering from low humidity, combine that with running your furnace and that reduces the moisture in that air even further. This often results in even drier indoor air during the coldest months of the year.

Unfortunately in your home, dry air can cause a multitude of problems. Dry skin, dry nasal passages and sinuses are just a few.

If you maintain proper humidity in your home you can often get away with a lower temperature on your thermostat resulting is saving on your energy bills. However, if your home is dryer than usual in the winter you might find yourself cranking it just to stay comfortable.

Luckily there is a quick and affordable fix for home suffering from unusually dry air in their home. A humidifier can work in conjunction with your existing HVAC system to increase the comfort in your home. The process is relatively simple, the humidifier adds moisture to the air before it is pumped into different rooms of your home.

Your HVAC company will recommend 30-40% humidity in your home, the actual number might vary and you can discuss that with your individual technician or contractor.

Now, how do you know if a humidifier will work in your home? The good news is regardless of what type of heating system you have in your home (electric furnace, heat pump, oil or gas furnace) a humidifier would be a good solution to help manage the humidity level in your home.

In addition to adding a humidifier to your furnace you can also take on small tasks around the house to keep out the extra dry winter air. Caulking and sealing windows and doors can help keep the moisture in and also help reduce higher electricity bills in the winter.

Taking these additional precautions in the winter time can go a long way in increasing the overall comfort in the winter time and also help reduce bills during the year. For more tips and tricks, contact Zipf-Air, Inc your community based contractor in Kirkwood, MO.