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Does it seem like you’re always needing to adjust the thermostat in your Philadelphia home? Does one area of the home feel cool while another area feels warm? While these cool/warm zones can develop for a number of reasons, one of the most popular, yet seldom known, is from humidity. Because Daniels HVAC in Philadelphia has been serving the community for over 25 years, our careful analysis of circumstances that our customers have reported; has led us to be the area experts when it comes to properly diagnosing these cool/warm zones otherwise known as: the “comfort level”. In this article, we will look at how heat vs. humidity can affect the comfort level of your Philadelphia home.
Humidity simply is: the amount of moisture that is contained in the air. Sometimes you’ll here the weather man talk about the humidity level in the ambient air outside saying that: “It’s going to be sticky outside today!” … Other times you might hear them express that the low humidity will bring about a pleasant day. Inside your home, you get to control the climate; so naturally humidity is one of those factors that will need to be controlled so that you get the best comfort level within your Philadelphia home.
The amount of moisture in the air of your Philadelphia home helps to determine the comfort level. This is because the moisture in the air helps the air to retain the heat that is being produced by your furnace.
If the moisture level is too high (damp) it can make a room feel muggy; as you move away from the heat source this same humidity level would make your skin feel clammy and chilled. High humidity conditions can also cause a buildup of mold on different services within the home.
If the moisture level is too low, it will make the room feel cooler than it really is; making your skin feel dry. This low moisture level is more common during the winter months, as with most traditional heating systems, are designed to blow warm air throughout your Philadelphia home which will dry out the air. You will also notice this by an increase of static electricity in your clothes or even, in some cases, spontaneous nosebleeds due to extreme dry air.
Our bodies respond best when the inside humidity level is between 40% to 50%. This reading can be taken by a hygrometer purchased from a box store retailer for as little as $10. If the humidity is too low or too high, it can significantly affect the comfort level. Being that, especially during the winter, the comfort level is often thought of as temperature differences rather than humidity; it may cause someone to continue to adjust the thermostat which can significantly effect the heating bill as well.
Some residents in Philadelphia will try to solve the humidity problem by purchasing humidifiers and dehumidifiers, placing them strategically through the home. Depending on the size of your home and desired comfort level, this can be a very expensive process; not to mention, constantly turning one or the other on to meet the desired comfort level.
A better solution would be to contact Daniels HVAC in Philadelphia to perform a comfort level analysis. This analysis would help determine the condition of the heating system, the level of humidity based upon the temperature and the size needs of the home. This analysis may lead to a recommendation of installing a humidity unit that could be integrated into your current heating system, balancing the humidity to the 40% to 50% that is recommended.
We have visited many Philadelphia residents over our 25+ years of service where other HVAC companies recommended the replacement of their heating system over the suggestion that they never felt comfortable during the winter. Instead of determining humidity levels as a possible reason for the discomfort they ended up buying a new heating system that they did not need. This is where the years of experience that Daniels HVAC has in Philadelphia really comes into play. Our high quality service goes beyond our training and plays much into the experience that we have gained by helping our many satisfied customers over the years. Being one of the most experienced HVAC companies in Philadelphia doesn’t mean that we charge more: we work hard to make sure that our prices are competitive and fair for all the services we perform.
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