We are in the middle of the holiday season, so make sure your home is comfortable and healthy for guests and family members. Call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about the critical role humidity plays in your indoor air quality (IAQ) here in Denver, and how easy and affordable it is to add a whole-house humidifier by Honeywell or Aprilaire.
We don’t have to tell you we have dry air in the Mile High City, and it gets even drier during the winter. Studies consistently show viruses, like the flu, spread more easily when the air is dry. As important as the health benefits are, there are several other reasons to add moisture to the dry winter air:
- Reduce static electricity shocks
- Help eliminate dry nasal passages and scratchy throats
- Protect valuable belongings like furniture & artwork
- Keep wood floors & woodwork from getting too dry and cracking
In fact, the manufacturers of your wood flooring will often refuse to honor the warranty if proper humidity levels aren’t maintained. Cracking or gaps caused by excessively dry air are not considered to be a manufacturing defect.
Builder’s handles all three types of residential humidifiers; powered, bypass, and steam. The type we install is dependent on your particular situation. We will say, steam humidifiers are most efficient for larger homes and homes with cathedral ceilings. If you happen to have a steam humidifier, make sure it gets regular service. They require maintenance because of our mineral-rich water.
The ideal indoor humidity for comfort is 40% to 50%, which during winter usually requires some form of added humidity. You need to be aware we have to make compromises because of the cold Colorado winters. As it gets colder outside, you may have to lower the indoor humidity to avoid condensation or even ice on your windows. To avoid the problem, use this table as a guideline for humidity levels based on the outdoor temperature:
|OUTDOOR TEMPERATURE||MAXIMUM INDOOR HUMIDITY|
|20℉ TO 40℉||40%|
|10℉ TO 20℉||35%|
|0℉ TO 10℉||30%|
|-10℉ TO 0℉||25%|
|-20℉ TO -10℉||20%|
|Colder than -20℉||15%|
It’s important to follow these guidelines because when you see condensation on your windows, there is a chance you also have moisture inside your walls and in the attic. That’s bad and could result in the growth of mold and rotting wood.
If you are installing a humidifier, it’s also a good time to talk with Builder’s about further improving your IAQ by adding an air filtration system. We have a number of different systems like the Honeywell TrueCLEAN™ model and Trane Clean Effects model, along with a number of other products that we feature depending upon what will work best for your home. You can always depend on Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to keep your home comfortable and Healthy. It’s what we’ve been doing since 1950.