Having the proper humidity level in your home is important for several reasons, one of which is reduced energy costs for heating your home this winter. How does using a whole-house humidification system save you money on your heating bills? This will be explored here.
Few people understand that dry air feels colder than humid air, and even fewer understand the reason why. Still, the simple fact remains that you can continue to feel chilly even when you boost the temperature up well past 70 degrees. Did you know that an increase of only 10 percent in relative humidity causes the air to feel roughly one degree warmer? Because of this, a whole-house humidification system can help to decrease the money you spend on your heating bills.
For instance, if the relative humidity is 19 percent, you may not feel comfortable at a temperature any lower than 72 degrees. However, by boosting the relative humidity to 35 percent, you may feel just as comfortable when setting the thermostat to 69 degrees. This difference of three degrees can save you about 5 percent on your heating bill.
Why does humid air feel warmer? Air acts similar to a sponge, soaking up as much moisture as it can. When the air is dry, more moisture is sapped from the surface of your skin, and since evaporation has a cooling effect, you feel chillier when the air is dry. As the air becomes more humid thanks to a whole-house humidification system, less moisture is wicked from your skin and you feel warmer.
The ideal level of humidity in your home is between 30 and 55 percent. Any lower than this and you will feel needlessly cold. Any higher and the air begins to feel muggy. If you want to lower your heating bills this winter by feeling more comfortable at a lower temperature, ask Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing more about whole-house humidification systems. We provide service to Grand Traverse County and the five surrounding counties. Contact us today.
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