This afternoon, I've had several phone calls from people who were concerned about my staying warm during this cold snap. That caused me to become concerned about a major factor in home heating comfort that I am afraid many of you may be neglecting. That factor is the relative humidity level (that is, the amount of moisture in the air relative to the temperature) in one's home or apartment.
Why is this so
important, you ask? Well, from my own experience, I can testify that,
with the right level of relative humidity in the air (approximately
50%), you can cut back your thermostat by as much as ten degrees or more
and still feel warm and toasty. This amounts to a significant savings
on your next gas or electric bill! It also makes you less
susceptible to colds, flu, and other diseases, since dry air puts a
strain on the delicate tissues of the mouth, nose, and throat.
said all of that, however, it is just as important not to let the
humidity level get too high, as that will tend to promote the growth of
mold and mildew, especially black mold, which can be deadly. It is
easy, however, to monitor the humidity level in your home with an
inexpensive humidity gauge, available at many hardware stores or home
furnishing stores. Moisture can be added to the air very easily when
needed by means of an old-fashioned steam vaporizer or cool-mist
vaporizer which are currently priced at from $15 to $30 at most drug and
department stores. They're easy to care for, so this is basically a
Please feel free to spread the word about this
important subject. With the home heating season now in full swing, the
home humidity level is an important
factor for both health and economy reasons--please don't neglect it!