When most people think about their HVAC system, they are often thinking about temperature levels. In the summer, your air conditioner is what keeps you cool. In the winter, your furnace is what keeps you warm.
But temperature isn’t everything when it comes to staying comfortable and saving energy in your home, especially during our Oklahoma City winters.
Another contributing factor to home comfort is humidity. So what is the ideal indoor humidity level during winter and how can you control it?
What happens to humidity during the winter?
During the winter, the air outside becomes very dry and the humidity is much lower than in the summertime. This can have a number of effects on the people in your home if the humidity is not controlled.
Low humidity can cause physical discomfort because it dries out your throat, eyes and skin. It can also lead to nose bleeds and other health-related problems.
Dry air also dramatically increases the static electricity in your air, which often produces annoying electrostatic shocks when you touch objects in your home like door knobs, chairs and light switches.
How can you control indoor humidity?
In order to control humidity and maintain an ideal indoor humidity level, it’s best to use a whole-house humidifier with your furnace. This will allow you to set the humidity at a desired percentage.
What is the ideal indoor humidity level?
It’s best to keep the humidity levels between 30 and 55 percent in order to stay comfortable and healthy in your home. A humidity level of 45 percent is often the best for maximum home comfort.
What about energy savings?
Another great thing about controlling the humidity in your home is that it eases the load on your furnace. When you raise the humidity levels during the winter, you’ll actually feel warmer in cooler temperatures, which will allow you to comfortably lower your thermostat settings and reduce your energy bills.
If you have any questions about controlling the humidity levels in your home, contact Comfort Incorporated, your Oklahoma City heating and air conditioning company.