With humidity in the home, the generally preferred comfort level falls between 30 and 50%. In arid climates like Utah, your battle will be to humidify your home rather than draw the humidity out. What does this have to do with keeping your home comfortable for winter months?
What can you do to keep your home comfortable during the Utah winters?
Know the Signs of Low Humidity
With low humidity, your HVAC units will need to work harder to maintain the temperature in your home as higher humidity in the air “holds” the temperature better, making it feel hotter than it is and colder than it is.
You will or may also notice more static, skin irritation, throat and nasal irritation, and damage to your home furnishings, floor boards, and molding.
Increasing the humidity in your home will require the assistance of HVAC professionals, but there are also minor things you can do to improve your indoor air quality. One of these things is installing ceiling fans and changing the direction of rotation based on the season.
During the summer, you want your ceiling fans to blow the air straight down and at higher speeds during heat waves, but in the winter, you want the fan to spin at low speeds and pull the air up. This means fans need to spin counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter.
If you have questions about this process, contact us at HRC Climate Services. We’ll be happy to talk you through the process and get you ready for the cooler winter months in Utah.
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