The level of relative humidity in your home is just as important to year-round comfort as the temperature. In the winter, relative humidity drops naturally. The result is dry, itchy skin, cracked nasal passages, and potential damage to woodwork in your home.
A central humidifier is great for those who want to enjoy ideal relative humidity in the winter. It works with your furnace to add moisture to the air when the furnace runs. With a furnace operating in continuous fan, a humidifer can be set to run whenever the inside conditions require it.
When choosing the right setting for your humidifier, you must take the outdoor temperature into account. This is because the air around the windows is closer to the colder exterior temperature than the rest of your home.
Since cooler air can’t hold as much moisture as warmer air, indoor air that is too humid will condensate on the window pane. This leads to rotting, molding window frames and a musty smell. Indoor humidity should not rise above 30 percent RH to avoid really cold weather condensation. It is actually a matter of monitoring the relative humidity that will work in your home during very cold conditions.
For health reasons, maintaining a relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent will help your respiratory tract resist germs and viruses. Comfort issues affecting skin, eyes and static electricity will are addressed with appropriate humidity levels.
For more information about achieving ideal relative humidity in your home, please contact Amarillo Air Conditioningtoday.
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