Is your home not as comfortable as it once was? Do you keep tapping the thermostat up or down, depending on the season, trying to get temperatures just right?
It might not be your furnace or air conditioner that has a problem. It could be that your home needs a humidifier to keep the environment just right.
Let’s start with how a humidifier helps in the winter months. When it’s cold and damp outside, that moisture can transfer inside through your windows and underinsulated walls. Moisture takes away a tiny bit of heat as it dries. The more moisture your home has, the colder it will feel.
In the summer, the opposite can happen. As temperatures creep up towards triple digits, with no rain in sight, it makes the air drier. Drier air holds more heat, which means you’ll feel warmer no matter how many times you bump up your air conditioner reading.
The right amount of moisture can improve both functions – your heating and your cooling – which equates to lower utility bills year-round.
The human body does well when humidity is between 40 to 50 percent. Here in Colorado, that can be a problem as we live in very dry conditions. Whether you’ve checked your humidity levels in your home or not, it might not be your air conditioner or furnace that isn’t working right. It could simply be the moisture levels in your home.
Think about when most of your problems occur: summer or winter.
Your air conditioner acts as a dehumidifier as well as a cooling unit. It’s designed to dry out hot, sticky, damp air, making your home feel cooler in the process. If this isn’t happening, it could be an air conditioner that is too large or too small to do the job effectively, or a system that has worn out over time.
Your furnace can also experience problems with humidity levels. As the combustion process occurs, it removes moisture from the air. That means the settled air throughout your home will feel cooler than the heated air, resulting in you feeling cool depending on your location.
A simple way to solve this issue is by installing a whole-house humidifier to ensure moisture is at its optimal level year-round.
Think your home could benefit from this technology? The best place to start is with an energy audit. Let’s get started today.