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Fine-Tuning Your Humidity/Heat Balance

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Thu, Jan 06, 2011 @ 12:37 PM

Sometimes you must draw a compromise between the amount of humidity that you want for comfort and having too much humidity that can damage the structure and actually lead to more health problems.    Alternately, you might have a separate humidity control that solely controls the operation of your humidification equipment. Humidifier programmable thermostats actually display the humidity level so that you can make adjustments for perfect air balance that is neither too moist or too dry.

In the winter, it is important to adjust the indoor humidity set point based upon the out door temperature.  If you set the humidifier too high, you can put more humidity in the house than it can tolerate.  This can lead to condensation, mold, mildew, etc. that can not only damage the structure of the building, but also lead to additional health concerns.  It is important to balance the amount of humidity in the home carefully to avoid these types of issues.

How does the moisture balance affect your family’s health and your home?

Excess moisture in your home can cause mold and mildew, which can be detrimental to your family’s health.

Air that is too dry can cause wood floors, leather furnishings and your skin to crack.  It can also cause sinus problems and worsen allergies.

Allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions are caused and worsened by poor indoor air quality.

Mold and mildew can cause damage to your home, which costs you in repairs – and most insurance companies do not cover these expenses.

Being able to program your thermostat will also result in energy savings, important in today’s economic climate.

Humidifier programmable thermostats help you be in control of not only the temperature, but the moisture level as well.  This means healthier indoor air quality for your family.

P.K. Wadsworth services customers in the greater Cleveland, OH area including Shaker Heights, Eastlake, Chagrin Falls and surrounding areas. We strive to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Topics: economic climate, moisture level, quality mold, air balance, humidity level, moisture balance, chagrin falls, humidification equipment, humidity control, humidity in the home, indoor humidity

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