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How Does Humidity Affect My HVAC System?


It’s a cold, dry winter day and you’re at home, trying to get comfortable. But every now and then, you get a surprising static shock. Ouch! Static shock is an annoying side effect of the dry air we have to deal with in our climate here in Hagerstown, MD. 

Then, when you turn the furnace on to get warm and increase your home comfort, your forced-air heating system just seems to make the air even dryer. Most homeowners think that dry winter air is just something they have to deal with. But what if there was a way to achieve humidity control in your home?

The humidity levels in your home can easily be controlled with a whole house humidifier installed by the pros at Hagerstown Heating & Cooling. Read on to learn about the benefits of a whole house humidifier and how it’ll vastly increase your home comfort. 

The Role Humidity Plays in Keeping You Comfortable

Have you ever noticed in the summer that when the humidity is higher, the day feels hotter? That’s because of the high level of moisture in the air: moist air holds warmth better than dry air. 

That’s also why during winter, increasing the amount of humidity in your home makes it easier to feel warm. When the humidity level is balanced in your home, you can keep the thermostat at a higher level and feel just as comfortable. This is how humidity levels affect your HVAC system: you’ll have to run it more which causes increased usage and wear and tear while also paying more for your energy bills.

The ideal relative humidity for your health and comfort is 40–50%. At this level, you can lower your heating bill and increase home comfort so your whole household feels more comfortable. You’ll help eliminate static shock and other side effects of low humidity such as dry skin, itchy skin, dry sinuses, chapped lips, and nosebleeds.

Shortcomings of Portable Humidifiers

Perhaps you’ve tried to tackle the issue of low humidity with a portable humidifier. Well, if that worked out for you, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. Portable humidifiers have many shortcomings. You’d need to purchase several units and place them in each room of your home, which can get expensive rather quickly.

With the help of a whole-house humidifier, you can control your home’s humidity levels in the winter to get rid of dry air and all the issues it causes. A whole-house humidifier is installed directly alongside your home’s ventilation system, enabling it to treat the indoor air that flows to all the rooms of your home. 

Whole-house humidifiers do require professional installation, so it’s important to call on one of our NATE-certified Super Techs for this kind of job. But once the system is installed, you’ll enjoy balanced humidity in your home for many years to come. Contact us to determine if a whole house humidifier is a good fit for your home.

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