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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lower Your Heating Bill with Humidity

Winter time is upon us, temperatures outside are dropping fast and our energy bills are rising even faster.  When it's cold outside, our natural reaction is to either crank the heat way up, or be conservative and just suffer being cold.   But it doesn't have to be that way. 
It seems like your heater kicks on, and just as soon as it's comfortable in the house, the heater kicks off and temperatures start dropping immediately.  You're then forced to decide which is more important - Suffer to save electricity, or crank up the heat and be comfortable.  
The reason it seems like the temperature inside your house starts dropping the minute the heater kicks off is because your house has very little moisture in the air during winter.  Humidity in the air maintains heat far better than in dry air. 

A constant humidity level of 55% or higher in your home can reduce your winter energy bill by an average of 30% due to the fact that you can keep your house at 65-68 degrees and still feel comfortable.  Humidity adds a heat index value (commonly known as 'real feel')  to air temperature.  Just like in the summer time when its 80 degrees outside but due to humidity the heat index is significantly higher.
There are many ways you can increase the humidity in your home on a budget.  The most common being a home humidifier.  They are rather inexpensive to buy brand new, and the amount of energy it uses is far less than the amount of energy you'll be saving in heater usage.
Another common way to increase the moisture in your home is to fill metal containers with water and place them over your heater vents, or on top of your heat source.  Just be sure to check on them from time to time as the water will evaporate pretty quickly. 
A third (little known) option is to reuse the air coming out of your clothes dryer.  When you're running your dryer in the winter time, you're taking all that warm moist air and essentially wasting it by shoving it outside. 
Buying an indoor dryer vent can dramatically increase the humidity in your home while you're doing your laundry.    If you think about it, you've already paid for the warm moist air leaving your dryer.   Why not make the most of it?

There are probably a lot of ways to add a little extra moisture to the air in your home.  Find whichever ways you decide work best for you and your situation.

  1 comment:

  1. If you're looking for a humidifier that doesn't make any noise, this is it! It is so quiet in my office; I love that you can add oils to it and make the room smell fantastic while adding the humidity needed. I definitely recommend buying this if you want soundless. It's a little larger than I thought, but still fits well in my office. Love it!


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