Winter Indoor Humidity and Your Comfort

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Tips for optimizing indoor home humidity levels

Indoor home humidity levels are usually more of a concern to homeowners in the summer when the high level of moisture in the air can make it feel clingy and sticky. But the low humidity that occurs in winter with the lower temperatures is of equal concern. The lack of moisture in the winter air is what makes it feel crisp and clean, but also dry.

Extreme changes in humidity can create a variety of problems from personal health and comfort to property damage.

Winter Low Humidity Issues

  • Dry, cracked skin and lips
  • Bloody nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Throat and sinus irritation
  • Colds, illness and infection susceptibility
  • Static electricity
  • Wood furniture and floor damage from excessive dryness

Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat can help you to be aware of your home humidity levels in order to minimize risk and maximize comfort. View the air humidity in your home in the mobile app, right above your temperature set point. You can also view this number in the web portal.

While clothing, fitness level and personal preference all come into play, the average range for optimal health is between 30 and 50 percent. However, the weather outside does come into play so colder temperatures do dictate humidity levels on the lower end. For example, if the outside temperature is 10°, then the recommended indoor humidity level is 30%. If the outside temperature is 20°, then the indoor home humidity level is 35%, etc.

How can you manage your winter indoor home humidity level?

  • Place shallow containers of water near heat sources and air dry towels or clothes to help add moisture to the air.
  • Green plants naturally release moisture into the air so consider adding several to your home and be sure to water and mist them regularly.
  • Leave your bathroom door slightly open when showering or let your bath water naturally cool after you’re finished to release moisture into neighboring rooms.
  • Your oven dries out your air so cook on the stovetop instead.
  • Use a portable humidifier or consider a whole home humidifier.

These tips can help you to optimize your indoor home humidity levels and stay comfortable this winter season.

 

 

 

How to Win at Temperature Wars

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Your home thermostat doesn’t have to be a battleground

Winter’s icy chill is upon us. For many of us, the battle to control the home thermostat heats up as the temperature goes down. She likes it hot. He likes it cool. She wants to be comfortable. He wants to save money. Sound familiar? Don’t let arguments over your home thermostat get you hot under the collar. SensiWi-Fi Programmable Thermostat is here to help.

Here are some easy tips to help you win the home thermostat temperature wars.

Check for drafts and leaks

Drafty windows and doors are the first culprit of low energy efficiency. Not only do they let cold air into your home, they let all of the hot air out. Check the caulking and window-stripping on your windows and doors and replace anything that is broken and cracked. Also, check your insulation for damage and replace and look at places that would benefit from additional insulation, like crawlspaces, attics and basements. Insulation slows the heat transfer through building materials so it can help maintain your home temperature and alleviate stress on your HVAC system.

Click here for more information on finding and fixing home energy leaks.

Consider redecorating

Your interior design could be affecting your home comfort. Simple changes to your home décor, like adding area rugs and heavier, insulated drapes and curtains, can go a long way to keeping your valuable heat from escaping. Lower energy bills, stylish home, warm feet. Win for everyone.

Click here for more tips on how to design your house to save money.

Use schedules and features for comfort and savings

Sensi thermostat lets you create custom temperature schedules for each day of the week to make it easy to create multiple schedules to match your family’s routine.

Does he get up first and like it warm? Use the Early Start feature to make sure the bedroom is comfortable in the early hours then create a schedule to turn the home thermostat temperature down a bit when he leaves for the day.

Click here tips and tricks on using Sensi thermostat schedules and settings

Know that cooler temperatures are better for inducing slumber but she just can’t get seem to get to sleep in a cold bedroom? Create a schedule to raise the temp a bit around her bedtime and then gradually reduce it for optimal sleep and energy savings.

Click here for more information on how your temperature can affect your sleep.

Did you both agree on the home temperature settings but one is being sneaky and changing the temperature when the other isn’t looking? Two words: Keypad Lockout.

Click here for more information on securing your Sensi thermostat with Keypad Lockout.

With seven independent day schedules, easy app navigation, and features you actually need, it’s super easy to use Sensi thermostat technology to help you win the home thermostat temperature wars.