Humidifier Installation Solves Problems, But May Create Some As Well
Winter is brutal. Last year you swore you wouldn’t go another one without a Humidifier. So this is the year you finally pulled the trigger and performed a humidifier installation in your Chicago area home. Good for you! You will no longer suffer the problems associated with dry indoor air. Say goodbye to annoying and painful static electricity. No longer will your skin be dry and scratchy. Watch as your heating bills magically lower due to the lower temperature needed to be comfortable when combined with your new humidifier. Life is Good!
Wait. What’s with that frost and condensation on my windows? I can hardly see outside! My window sills are getting water damage! Why is this happening to me!!!!!
Calm down. Let’s discuss why your whole home humidifier causes condensation on your windows. It’s really not rocket science. It’s just the way that warm, humid air acts when it comes into contact with cold air. Think thunderstorms or breathing on a window to draw on it. How can you stop your new home humidifier from fogging up your windows during these freezing Chicago winters? Easy. Take control!
WiFi & Automatic Humidifier Controls Manage Humidity During Chicago’s Worst Cold
Fortunately, you can set your humidifier to automatically adjust the settings to prevent frosted windows. Fancy smart thermostats offer settings such as “frost control” to automatically change your humidifier settings. They do so by monitoring outside conditions and inside humidity to deliver optimum comfort. In theory, this works very well. In practice, you may have to dial it in yourself. Why you ask? The answer lies in the details. The following reasons are common culprits.
- Efficiency of Windows & Doors: If your home has new windows and doors, your home retains more heat and humidity.
- Oversized humidifier: Your humidifier is too big for your home.
- New Construction vs. Older homes: New Homes are more tightly sealed than older houses which leads to greater heat and humidity retention.
Many newer thermostats and humidifier controls allow you to set these features, but it really isn’t an exact science. Everyone’s home is different, so there are bound to be variations. The fact is, sometimes you are going to have to set the humidity of your home manually.
What Humidity Should I set My Home Humidifier When My Windows Have Frost On Them
As mentioned before, all homes are different when it comes to your humidifier. That being said, if your automatic frost control is still providing too much humidity, you can use the following settings as a starting point.
Outside Temperature: +30˚F | Set Humidity to 40%
Outside Temperature: +20˚F | Set Humidity to 35%
Outside Temperature: +10˚F | Set Humidity to 30%
Outside Temperature: +0˚F | Set Humidity to 25%
Outside Temperature: -9˚F | Set Humidity to 20%
For more information about humidifier settings contact the humidifier installation experts at Polar Heating and Air Conditioning today! We offer complete indoor air quality solutions from Aprilaire. Our affordable pricing and dependable service set us above other Heating and cooling companies in Chicago. Experience the Polar difference for yourself!