When you compare Arizona to Florida what comes to mind and which do you think is hotter? If you haven’t been to either in the heat of the summer, all you need to know is that they’re both uncomfortably hot. While Arizona is located in the desert, Florida is the bayou. Most folks that visit Florida and Arizona, however, mention that Florida feels hotter and that’s simply because of the humidity. All that moisture in the air holds heat close to your skin, and when you’re boiling under the sun at a balmy 95 degrees, you’ll start to certainly feel that discomfort while Arizona will make you sweat and then dry you out at the same time making that comparable 120 degrees almost bearable. When it comes to temperature control, there are varying opinions on humidity. Some say that having less humidity makes it easier to keep a temperature more true to what’s on your thermostat. But if you’re looking for ways to keep your skin from turning into lizard scales over the winter and a way to keep your home without constantly having the heater on, you might look at getting a hygrometer to help you keep your humidity under control.
What is a Hygrometer?
It’s a device that measures the humidity in a room where it is currently located. In general, it provides a read-out percentage, but it does not help you control the humidity in that room. It’ll help you monitor what level you’re at so that you can take measures to try and control those different factors. Most models will help you determine if you have too much moisture or too little moisture in the room based on a variety of factors which will help you balance the humidity intelligently. They’re pretty inexpensive and they’re battery operated, so it won’t over complicate your room’s air quality set-up, it’ll only serve to enhance it. We recommend putting them in the rooms that you want more heat in because you spend more time in them. Tailoring your heating system according to that will help you keep it more comfortable where you are and save you from heating rooms in your house that you don’t need to.
Finding The Proper Humidity Level
Don’t over-do the humidity. Don’t assume that having your room at a 70 percent humidity will keep you and your family warmer. It won’t. While latent heating will keep the room somewhat warmer, it will flip the other way if there’s too much moisture in the area as water can cool quickly too which will make your home feel colder rather than warmer. The point is to find the perfect medium which falls somewhere between 35 and 45 percent. This level of humidity will help the room stay warmer longer and warm up faster. It’ll also keep items in your home that are more moisture sensitive like drywall, wooden furniture and other things from warming under the stress of too much moisture. Every home will handle humidity differently depending on the design of it, how the vents operate and how airtight the building is. That may alter your levels despite your efforts of infusing the air with more humidity.
Some folks will tell you to run out immediately and buy a humidifier for your bedroom. Unless you’re having sinus issues or want to sleep in sticky humidity, we recommend waiting and getting a hygrometer first. See where your home rests naturally by letting the hygrometer record data for about a week. Throughout different levels, the humidity will change in your room alongside the weather pressure outside. This will help you determine when you need humidity and when you just don’t. If you do need some, we recommend starting small and just boiling down a pot of water on your stove top first. See how long that humidity increase lingers and if it gets you closer in range of your target humidity before buying a humidifier and learning how to clean it.
Having problems with your heating unit or just trying to figure out how to be more efficient and keep up with the energy rates raising? Contact Valiant Air. We’d be delighted to assist with any of your heating issues whether you’re looking for heating repair services or just a straight up heating replacement, we’re here to help.