Temperature is not the only thing affecting your home comfort level. Higher humidity air holds more heat. Even though your thermostat is a constant temperature, changes in humidity can make your home feel warmer or colder. More importantly, humidity control can have a significant impact on your overall health.
SUMMER HUMIDITY CONTROL
Properly functioning air conditioning should effectively control humidity.
Your air conditioner will run longer to offset both higher humidity and the warm air. It’s worth nothing that an AC system that is improperly sized can be ineffective at controlling humidity, even if it is doing a good job at controlling the temperature. In fact, you may be surprised to find out that if your air conditioner is oversized for the space requirements, humidity control suffers! That may be counter-intuitive. The lesson is to make sure that your AC system is properly sized. Too big is just as bad as too small! Poor in-home humidity control is a definite sign that you should be talking to your HVAC representative. There are a number of things we consider:
- Age of the AC system (and whether it's working properly)
- AC Technology used
- AC recommended size for the house
- Thermostat control and control settings
In short, a properly designed AC system should keep you comfortable even in the most humid summer months in the Dayton, Ohio region. In certain areas of the house, you may choose to use local dehumidifiers, especially if you are not air conditioning those areas (basement rooms for example).
WINTER HUMIDITY CONTROL
Unfortunately, here in the Miami Valley, the humidity swings the other way in the dead of winter. The minute you turn the heat on in heavily insulated house, the air begins to dry. In the winter, the humidity in your home can get so low that it becomes more than a temperature problem. From scratchy throats, frequent nosebleeds, dry and itchy skin, low humidity can be the cause of some physical issues that are at the very least uncomfortable and in many cases unbearable. Have you considered that it might be the low humidity and NOT the temperature that is making you more susceptible to health related issues in the winter... from colds, flue and even aggravating conditions like allergies, sinus problems and even asthma?
FROM Heathline.com “Dry air dries up the nasal passages, which can lead to infection. .. Cold viruses are better able to survive in low humidity conditions.”
To make matters worse: dry air feels cooler. Turning the thermostat up will have the effect of lowering the humidity even further.
The simple answer to alleviating these issues is to install a humidifier. This will allow you to effectively control the indoor humidity levels between 35- 50%.
Call Choice Comfort to see if a whole-home humidity control system is right for you.
These systems literally inject water into the ventilation system when the furnace is operating and provides the most efficient way to maintain the humidity in your home at a comfortable and healthy level.