How is humidity affecting the comfort of your home?
Did you know that humidity plays a big role in maintaining the comfort of your home? In fact, monitoring and controlling the humidity in your home can help you save money on utilities during the hot AND cold seasons. And, where is the best place to control the humidity in your home? Why, your HVAC equipment of course!
If you raise the humidity level in your home during the winter, it will feel warmer in your house. If it feels warmer in your home, you could lower the temperature setting at your thermostat a degree or two, helping you chip away at those monthly heating costs. However, the same principle holds true for summer. The higher the humidity in your home during the winter during the summer, the hotter your home is going to feel. During the summer, high humidity levels can also encourage mold growth and a host of other IAQ problems.
If you lower the humidity level in your home during the summer, it will feel cooler in your home. If it feels cooler in your home, you can raise the temperature setting at your thermostat a few degrees. This may result in smaller cooling bills, leaving your budget open to fun summer activities. However, during the winter, it is not ideal to have low humidity levels. Not only will your home feel colder, but you could suffer from dry air. Dry air in your home during the winter can negatively impact your health.
So, what should you do for humidity control? Well, if you are having a problem with humidity regulation, start by talking to your local HVAC contractor. If you aren’t having problems, but would like to make slight adjustments to improve comfort while saving money, it’s as simple as adjusting your settings at the thermostat.
What do you set you humidity levels in your home?