How Your Heater and Humidifier Work Together During the Winter
Winter can easily be one of the most challenging seasons to deal with. Sub freezing temperatures, icy roads, and blowing snow are just a few examples of how the elements can make for a tough environment outside. Because of this, it is important to have a comfortable environment inside to be able to provide some relief from the outdoors.
The best way to get out of the frigid weather is to run home and crank up the heat and everything should be good, right? Unfortunately, not quite. The problem with relying solely on heat from your home HVAC is that the amount of moisture the air can hold changes with temperature. A good example is to think about the summertime when temperatures are high. This is the time we see high humidity levels that need to be remedied with air conditioning. Air conditioning cools air below its dew point to remove excess moisture. Similarly, since the winter brings even colder temperatures than what an AC typically does, the air will have even less moisture. So why is it important to have temperature and humidity levels within a specific range?
Humidity Can Create a Healthier Environment
The most important reason to increase humidity in your home during the winter months is to prevent health issues. Common health issues related to dry air are: asthma irritation, dry/cracking skin, irritated eyes and throat, nose bleeds, and a higher risk of sinus infections. If you feel like each winter you have to deal with some of these issues, it may be time to reach out to an HVAC professional and look at humidifier options.
Humidity Can Create a More Comfortable Environment
The amount of moisture in the air will determine how quickly water will evaporate. If air has low levels of moisture, water has an easier time evaporating. The process of evaporation removes heat, so even though the temperature may be sitting at that perfect 72 degrees inside, it may actually feel cooler.
Low Humidity Can Damage Items In Your Home
Wood is particularly susceptible to moisture and is something that must be considered. Wood will expand and contract based on the moisture content, and could have lasting effects on the item if not properly kept. If you own wooden furniture, wooden instruments, or other valuable items that could be affected by humidity, it could be a wise decision to install a humidifier.
HVAC can seem like a bit of a mystery due to the complexity of the systems and the numerous options and manufacturers available. Speaking with an HVAC professional can help save time in your already busy schedule, and can provide clear options to give you peace of mind when making some of these decisions. Contact Master Mechanical today for more information related to a humidifier, or any other HVAC needs.