Your thermostat tells you what the air temperature is, but what your body feels could be something quite different. The “feels like” temperature, also known as the apparent temperature, is influenced by humidity and airflow. Your home’s comfort depends on these factors in addition to air temperature.
Balance Your Humidity
High humidity is a common problem in Michigan’s summers. When the air contains a large amount of moisture, sweat doesn’t evaporate from your skin quickly enough to cool you. As a result, you feel hot and sticky. A whole-house dehumidifier can help here. This device fits inside the heating and cooling system where it removes excess moisture from the air flowing through
High humidity can also occur in winter in homes with too little ventilation, leaving you feeling clammy and cold. Increasing ventilation is often the best solution in these homes.
A more common wintertime problem is dry air, which chills you by sapping moisture from your skin. You may also experience dry skin and lips, and eyes that itch and burn. Homes with this issue are good candidates for a whole-house humidifier.
Cut Down on Drafts
Cold drafts produce a wind-chill effect and can make you uncomfortable in winter even when the heat is on high. These drafts are typically caused by air leaking in from around windows, doors, baseboards, and other areas. Sealing them with caulk or weather stripping stops the drafts and improves your home’s energy efficiency.
Drafts can also come from your heating and cooling system’s air registers. The single-stage motors used in older systems have only an “off” and a “high” setting. On “high,” they push out large amounts of air, creating what you experience as a chilly draft. An oversized system can also cause this issue. If your system is 10 or more years old, consider upgrading to a furnace that uses a two-stage or variable-speed motor. These control airflow more effectively to prevent drafts.
For help managing your home’s “feels like” temperature, get in touch with us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing in the Grand Traverse County area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about “feels like” temperature and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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