Can Your Heater Decrease Humidity?

The humidity levels inside your home can change in both hot and cold weather. When you run your heater during the winter months, it can decrease the humidity levels. The problem with this is that you don’t want humidity levels dropping too low inside your home. Whether you simply need a new thermostat inside your home to control the humidity, or an entirely new furnace or heating system, TA Kaiser can help.

Indoor Humidity during Winter

The recommended range for relative humidity in your home is 30 to 50 percent, so long as outdoor temperatures are above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. When you’re running the heater full-time during the winter months, however, it is easy for the relative humidity in your home to drop below 20 percent. This can lead to dry or chapped skin, static electricity and irritation of the mucous membranes. Humidity that is too low can even make you more susceptible to a cold or flu during the winter months. Moisture levels that are too high or low can also damage wooden furniture or flooring, leading to costly repairs.

Controlling Indoor Humidity

TA Kaiser can install a whole house humidifier to help you keep the relative humidity inside your home within the perfect range all year long. A whole house humidifier is connected to your furnace and also to your plumbing system (to keep it refilled). This is much more efficient than a portable unit that you have to refill manually and move from room to room. Controlling the humidity levels will reduce the amount of dust and allergens in your home. Air with enough humidity also feels warmer, meaning you might save even more money with a whole house humidifier because you can turn the furnace down a little bit during the winter months.

TA Kaiser has branches serving Indianapolis, IN; Charlotte, NC; and Nashville, TN for all of your home heating and air conditioning needs. You can fill out a service request directly on our website and we will get back to you quickly. We can repair, service and install most major brands of heating and cooling systems, from heat pumps to whole house humidifiers. We can even recommend financing options for larger home heating and air conditioning upgrades.