How to maximize your home comfort

humidifierOnce Fall is in full swing, homeowners start to notice a change in their comfort level in the home. Whether it be the outdoor temperatures are colder and making the house feel chilly or even just certain rooms are less comfortable, it is that time of year – the furnace gets turned on and we start to experience drier air. So what do we do? We turn on the humidifier to keep the indoor air more comfortable. But what is the right humidity level for your home?Too little humidity also makes for a less comfortable home. Too much humidity can cause condensation on the windows, and in worse cases, mold, mildew, and rot can begin to appear in the home.

Keeping in mind that every home is different, humidity levels can be affected by many factors. The number of people living in the home, the number of showers taken, the amount of laundry done and even a wood burning fireplace contributes to humidity levels if you keep firewood inside to dry out. The number of times a day an exterior door is opened and even cooking all affect your comfort level.

The most common range for humidity in the winter is between 40 and 60%. Finding the best number for your home inside of this range, you will tend to be less itchy, experience fewer nose bleeds and less static electricity. As well, your hardwood floors will be less likely to dry out. The best way to monitor the humidity is with a portable humidistat. This device helps you better understand the humidity level in the various areas of the home and adjust the humidifier setting accordingly. Keeping an eye on the amount of condensation on your windows is another great way to gauge your house humidity level.

And remember, the colder it becomes outside, the easier it becomes for moisture to appear on your windows. Warm air is drawn to cold air. The colder it is outside, the easier the warm air will migrate to a cold surface like your windows, and form condensation. So you most likely will have to turn the humidity level down. Monitoring the amount of condensation on your windows is as good a way as any to gauge and adjust the humidity level in your home.

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11 Responses to “How to maximize your home comfort”

  1. Jean says:

    I run 2 humidifiers in the winter to keep the hardwood from drying out and separating. One is small and the other larger. I can never get the humidity up to 40%. Sometimes it is down to 18. Even at that low level I have condensation on the windows. What is the solution?

    • Dave says:

      Hi Jean,

      I’m making the assumption that you live in an old house and both of your humidifiers are stand-alone. A lot of old homes are drafty so it may be that you are losing your humidity to the outside (like through your windows) but I can only make an assumption. The thing to remember is that warm air is attracted to cold air and it doesn’t matter whether it is moist warm air or dry warm air so this is may be what is causing your condensation.

      NRCan has a great on-line publication called “Keeping the Heat In” that could help you learn more.

  2. rod kuehn says:

    We would like to have a humidifier installed on our furnace (Lennox Elite Series, M/N 90UGFA2-50-6). We live in Mississauga, ON. Could you give me an idea of how much a humidifier installation would cost, and the payment options you for it you offer?

    Thanks;
    Rod Kuehn

  3. Valerie Palmer Canada says:

    Do you service Tempstar Furnaces, I just paid out over $170 for a local Company to do a maintenance, I find this price really too high and will not use them again. Valerie Palmer Waterloo

  4. bettypasco says:

    SO YOU PUT IT ON THE FURNACE AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

    • Dave says:

      Hi Betty,

      Yes, the humidifier is attached to your furance. As for pricing that really does depend on what you need/choose. Give us a call at 1-866-447-8703 and our sales team will be happy to assist you.

      Thanks, Dave

  5. raji says:

    Hello,

    Our house is 15 years old and we don’t have a humidifier, would you recommond us to go for one, if so which one and what is the cost/
    you can call me ….
    thx
    raji

    • Dave says:

      Hi Raji,
      Someone from our team will be calling you for more details and we will then be able to provide you with options. No matter the age of your home a humidifier has many benefits.
      Dave

  6. Sarah says:

    I have a NEW home (less than 6 months)…just under 1000 square feet and we have a NEST thermostat. My humidity level is 26% and there is ICE on our windows. Any suggestions as to what’s going on? My first home so I am new to all this.

    • Dave says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Congratulations on the new home! Home ownership is rewarding but it can sometimes be confusing and your question is a tough one.

      Do you have a humidifier? If so, turn the humidity back a bit and see if that makes a difference. Is your basement really damp? If it is, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier for your basement.

      Humidity in new homes can be tough to get balanced sometimes because they are so air tight.

      To help you measure humidity easily in each room, you can get a hygrometer. You can pick one up at a hardware store around $10 and then move it around the house to measure the humidity.

      Good luck and thanks for your question.
      Dave

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