Air in the typical Amarillo-area home gets very dry during heating season, which makes people in those homes feel colder. Of course, the usual response to feeling chilly is to turn up the heat, further drying the air. Adding some moisture to the air with a whole-house humidifier is a better way to go. Humidity will make you feel warmer, just as it does on a hot and sticky summer day. However, rather than making you uncomfortable, as it does in summer, adding moisture to dry winter air will make the house feel cozy, allowing you to turn down the thermostat without sacrificing comfort.
How, exactly, does dry air make a person feel colder? It has to do with evaporation. Warm, dry air, like the air that comes from a forced-air heating system, makes moisture evaporate more quickly, including the moisture in your skin. As moisture evaporates from your skin, it reduces the temperature of the skin’s surface. That is you body’s natural cooling system at work, and is the reason that sitting in front of a fan on hot days makes you feel cooler. Since moisture evaporates more slowly when the air already contains a healthy amount of moisture, adding a whole-house humidifier to your HVAC system will reduce the loss of moisture from your skin and the chill that it causes.
Why a whole-house humidifier instead of a portable unit? Because indoor air quality is all about balance. Too much humidity can be just as uncomfortable as too little, and can lead to moisture damage, mold and mildew. A portable unit just keeps humidifying the air as long as you leave it running, so it can be easy to overdo. On the other hand, a whole-house humidifier works with your HVAC system to maintain the proper balance, delivering just the right amount of moisture for the temperature set by your thermostat.
For more information on whole-house humidifiers, or any other home-comfort questions, please feel free to contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve been keeping customers comfortable in the greater Amarillo area for more than 50 years.
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