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Can Your Thermostat Control Your Home’s Humidity?

November 21st, 2019 by cverdone

Humidity at Home

Your home’s thermostat is a necessary component of your home heating system. It allows you to set the room temperature to one that is comfortable for your whole family. Monitoring your humidity level within your home is a necessity as well to avoid unwanted mold growth in your HVAC system. Many new thermostats actually have built-in humidity controls that allow you to alter the humidity level in your home.

Setting The Right Humidity Level

While you know that it’s important to keep your humidity level low in your home, you may be wondering just what level is right. As a general rule of thumb, any humidity level of 60 percent and above can create the ideal environment for mold growth in your HVAC ducting system. Ideally, you want to have a humidity level that is 45 percent. However, generally speaking, you can get away with anywhere between 35 and 50 percent humidity.

How Does Humidity Affect Your Family’s Comfort Level?

While the temperature set on your thermostat has a lot to do with your family’s comfort level, it’s not the only factor. The humidity inside of your home will alter how the air feels on your skin. This is why you’ll hear the weather reporter state that the temperature is 80 degrees but it will feel like it’s 100 degrees. Setting low humidity levels in your home can help to keep your body more comfortable at the same temperature. This can lead to some big cost savings as you won’t have to alter the temperature up or down to make the environment more comfortable for your family to live in.

Programmable Thermostats

One of the biggest conveniences when it comes to home heating systems is the programmable thermostat. This item allows you to set the ideal temperature and humidity level for your home at different hours throughout the day. For example, you can set your heating system to run at a lower temperature throughout the daytime hours when no one is physically home. You can program the thermostat and humidity levels to be changed about 30 minutes prior to you and your family arriving home. This way, you enter a nicely heated home that is comfortable while saving on home heating costs throughout the long winter months. Our HVAC professional can easily help you to determine what the most appropriate settings are for the temperature and humidity level in your home.

Call Us Today

If you want to be able to control the humidity level in your home, then you need to give the HVAC professional at Thornton Heating and Cooling a call today. They’ll be able to install the right thermostat system that will give you this desired functionality.