Keeping Your Home’s Humidity Level Comfy During Furnace Season

If you’re old enough, you might remember your mom or dad putting buckets of water on your homes’ radiators to keep the air a little moist. So, why did they do that – put receptacles with water on the radiators when the furnace was running that is? Well, mainly, so when our homes’ needed the heat on during the winter we wouldn’t “dry out.” This was the “old school” way to get some needed moisture in the air.

The problem was “regulating” the buckets of water on the radiators to divvy out the right amount of moisture in your homes’ air was pretty much impossible to do. You couldn’t tell if you had too much moisture/humidity in your homes’ air, or to little, or just right – until you started experiencing the side effects of what was too much, or, what was too little in the air moisture department.

Today, you don’t really need to do all that water-in-the-bucket-on-the-radiator stuff. Not with all the good humidifier and de-humidifier technology out there. (Newer homes are all forced-air anyway.) Honeywell’s True Steam Humidification System is an excellent product, and, Honeywell is sensitive when applying its technology to the home comfort needs of people – both children and adults, that suffer from different types of air-born allergies.

To get a good reading on your homes’ humidity level, you can use a barometer. Although a barometer is for air pressure, there’s a display built into most all barometer’s to also get humidity readings.

A nice and comfy humidity level for the average home is around 40-50%.

Some of the physical symptoms you could have if your home’s air is to dry, which usually happens during the winter:
Dry skin, mold, allergy worsening, nose bleed, nasal problems, dry cough, very fine dust type coating on skin, watery eyes, psoriasis / other skin-ailment irritations, and static electricity.

Some symptoms of too much moisture in your home:
Mold and germs propagate, odors, stuffy nose, trouble breathing, allergy worsening, and, germs can really build up in home’s rugs as result of the “dampness.”

Posted in Heating | Tagged allergies, Furnace, humidity | Leave a comment