Furnaces are known for being powerful and efficient heating systems that keep your home comfortable throughout wintertime. With that said, even your furnace could use a helping hand every once in a while. A little bit of help can go a long way with extending your furnace’s lifespan and increasing its energy efficiency (which saves you money, by the way).
One of the best ways to make your furnace’s job easier: use humidity. Yes, you read that right. Believe it or not, humidity actually plays a huge role in keeping you comfortable during wintertime. This seems strange to a lot of people because it is the complete opposite of what humidity does in the summertime but we promise that it does have a positive impact.
Let us explain why and how.
The Impact of Humidity on Home Comfort
So you are likely wondering how humidity can make your summers so miserable but then somehow be beneficial in the wintertime. This is because moisture holds heat really well. That is why things like boilers exist after all. In summertime it is already hot out so humidity holding the warmth in the air makes that season less that comfortable. On the other hand, having overly dry air in your home in wintertime means that the air indoors won’t be holding much warmth, increasing the job your furnace has to do.
However, when you invest in a humidifier, you can better balance out the humidity in your home during wintertime and increase your comfort level.
Signs Your Home Humidity is Too Low
Maybe you are still hesitant to bring a little extra moisture into your home this season. If so, let’s check if you actually need a higher humidity level in the house or not. You should consider finding ways to increase your humidity if you notice the following:
- Your skin is dried out and irritated on a regular basis.
- Your throat and nose are dry and you are experiencing an increase in nasal irritation or bloody noses.
- The wooden furniture in your home is drying out and cracking.
- You run your heater but can’t seem to keep the home as warm as you’d like.
Wait, How Exactly Does Humidity Help My Furnace?
Just in case, we want to share some specific details with you on how an increase in your humidity can benefit the operation of your Suffern gas furnace.
- Makes heating your home easier: Increasing the moisture in the air helps your home stay warmer because the air holds heat a lot better.
- Reduces wear and tear: When your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home warm, it reduces the amount of wear and tear the system goes through.
- Lengthens lifespan: Lowering the amount of stress on your system will help it last a little longer too.
Interested in finding ways to increase your wintertime comfort via humidity? We can help! When you contact us we can discuss your options for installing a humidifier as a part of your overall home comfort system.
Optimize your home heating options today. Contact EB Design Air Inc.