Turn Up the Humidity to Turn Down Costs
When we think humidity, we usually think of muggy air, frizzy hair, and mold. Most people never consider that the air in their home could need a little extra moisture! In the cold months when furnaces and fires are going strong, the air in your home can get very dry. This dry air could not only be costing you comfort, but money as well. Read on to find out why Tiger Services supplies humidifiers to the (generally humid) San Antonio area.
Wet Air is Warm Air
As you’ve probably noticed in the late spring and early summer months, high humidity can make temperatures feel 10° warmer than what they are. When the air in your home holds onto moisture, your body doesn’t lose moisture – and heat – to the air. This science makes for an uncomfortably warm day in May, but can also help you turn down your furnace during the winter! By keeping the humidity levels in your home between 30% and 50%, your home will feel more comfortable, even as you save on heating costs.
Signs Your Air is Too Dry
Humidity levels usually won’t affect the safety of your home, but if your air is too dry, you feel it. Allergies and coughs might seem like a seasonal problem you have no control over. But it might actually be caused by dry air. If you or your family is suffering from persistent coughs, allergy-like symptoms, or several of these other ‘dry air’ symptoms, the humidity levels in your home are probably too low.
- Chapped Lips
- Dry/Itchy Skin
- Nose Bleeds
- Static Shock
Humidity & Home Repair
Your family isn’t the only one who will benefit from more humid air this winter – you can bet your house will take notice! Significant changes in humidity can wreak havoc on the wood in your home. Wood flooring and wooden furniture can crack when the air in the home is too dry, just as it can swell when the air is too humid. The finishes around your home can take a hit from dry air, too. Paint, even cured paint that has been around for years, may crack and chip when the air in your home is stealing the moisture from it.
Time to install a humidifier in your home? Call Tiger Services at (210) 344-0060 for better air quality, lower heating bills, and more comfort today!