During the cold winter months in Cleveland, the air becomes quite dry. How do you plan to counter this dry outdoor air? Turning up the temperature on the thermostat makes your home warmer, but it doesn’t improve the humidity level. Humidification is also part of the solution.
There are two primary ways to add humidity to your home: portable humidifiers and whole-house humidifiers. By using a whole-house version, you can achieve a recommended 35 to 50 percent relative humidity in every room most of the time. With comfortably humid air in your home this winter, you can enjoy several benefits that affect your comfort level and energy bills.
- Health: Viruses and bacteria thrive in both very humid and very dry conditions. When you use a whole-house humidifier to control the relative humidity, you shorten the life span of cold-causing germs. That means you’re less likely to become ill and even if you do, you can get over the illness faster with optimal humidity in your home.
- Comfort: Dry air robs moisture from your body, leaving you with itchy skin, dry nasal passages and a sore throat. These uncomfortable symptoms are alleviated with a whole-house humidifier.
- Energy savings: Because moisture evaporates from your skin more readily when the air is dry, you feel colder in a less humid environment than in one with optimal humidity. By increasing indoor humidity to 50 percent, you can lower your thermostat from 72 to 69 without feeling a change in comfort. This results in energy savings of up to 4 percent for each degree you lower the temperature.
- Protection: If you have hardwood flooring, wooden musical instruments or other delicate wood fixtures in your home, you’ll be glad to know that a whole-house humidifier protects these investments by preventing cracking, splitting and shrinking that wood experiences in dry conditions.
A note of caution - You may have trouble maintaining higher levels of relative humidity in your home during really cold weather. Read the manufacturer's recommendations and follow his guidelines to avoid problems like excessive condensation on windows and the formation of mold and mildew that can result in other areas where condensation can occur.
With these advantages in mind, there’s no question that you could benefit from adding a whole-house humidifier to your central heating system. Learn more about the benefits of humidification and other heating and cooling topics by contacting P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. Our service area extends to customers throughout the Greater Cleveland area.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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