Does your home sometimes feel “muggy” in hot summer weather? Does your family complain of dry-itchy skin during the winter months? Are your home’s humidity levels impossible to balance using portable humidifiers and dehumidifiers? It might be time to consider adding a humidity control system and new thermostat with a humidistat.
What Exactly Is a 'Humidistat'?
Simply put, a humidistat is a component of your HVAC system that controls—either manually or using pre-programmed settings—the amount of moisture in your home in order to maintain a specific humidity level. (Essentially, a thermostat that also has a humidity control function.) Humidistat control is part of the new generation of programmable and WiFi thermostats.
Why Controlling Humidity is Important
Aside from providing ideal home comfort, maintaining optimum humidity levels is important for several reasons:
- Your family’s health can be affected. Humidity that’s too high can provide a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Either of those can become a serious health concern, especially for any family members who have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. In addition to dry, itchy skin, too low humidity can lead to dry nasal passages. And that can lead to nose bleeds and increased vulnerability to colds.
- Your home’s furnishings and possessions can be affected. The growth of mold and mildew that can result in high humidity can damage furniture, leather, clothing, and books. Excessively dry air can lead to cracked wood floors and furniture, as well as leather, drywall, and plaster.
Benefits of a Humidity Control System
While you can control your home’s humidity to some extent using portable humidifiers and dehumidifiers, these usually work in smaller areas and may be insufficient to address your entire home. But with humidity control integrated into your HVAC system, you can have precise control throughout your home. Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers come in duct-mounted models. They have higher capacities than portable models and they maintain consistent humidity throughout your home. Add to that the convenience of a thermostat with a humidistat control and you have the finest humidity management available.
New Thermostat Technology
Many of the new programmable and WiFi thermostats incorporate humidity control features. These allow you maximum control of your home’s humidity in addition to many other features. These multi-function thermostats can manage temperatures, ventilation, airflow, indoor air quality, and humidity. The top models also manage zoned heating and cooling.
If you’re looking for the best in humidity control, we recommend the Carrier line of thermostats. Carrier’s Infinity® Series offers a full range of features packed into easy-to-use, intuitive, and attractive control panels. And, of course, they provide remote access via the Internet. With that and all of their automated features, including humidistat control, you’ll never have to worry about your home being too dry or too muggy ever again.