In the winter, the properly moisturized air feels warmer and allows for lower thermostat settings.
My house was built nearly two hundred years ago and the hardwood floors, staircases, moldings and doors are all original. I’ve spent countless hours stripping the paint off the wood, sanding and varnishing it. I’ve also spent a great deal of money purchasing antique furniture to suit the style of the home. I have amassed a priceless collection of tables, chairs, bed frames, dressers, desk and a grandfather clock. In the area where I live, we experience every type of weather extremes. The winters are long and horribly cold while the summers are hot and excessively humid. I have a central furnace and air conditioner to manage year round temperature control. Unfortunately, the heating system creates issues with overly dry air and the air conditioner isn’t designed to combat high humidity. I worried that a lack of humidity in the winter might cause my hardwood furnishings to dry out and crack. I was concerned that too much moisture during the summer could lead to the wood swelling and warping. To resolve these issues, I invested in both a humidifier and dehumidifier. The ability to regulate humidity levels not only protects the integrity of the home and furniture but has significantly improved comfort and reduced energy bills. In the winter, the properly moisturized air feels warmer and allows for lower thermostat settings. In the winter, removing excess humidity lessens demands on the air conditioner and shortens running times. I’m paying less every month and have reduced wear and tear on the furnace and air conditioner. I expect both systems to last longer and succumb to fewer malfunctions.