Listen Here!
May 21, 2017
Local Show archive

Listen Here!
May 20, 2017
Handyman Show archive

Get help from the Handyman:  

Glenn's mailing
it in every week!

Enter your email address below to subscribe to Glenn's weekly e-newsletter. It's free!





Insulation

The Insulation Man

Air sealing, thermal imaging, blower door testing, energy audits, existing homes, new construction homes.

Website for more info


Heating & Cooling Contractors

Randazzo Heating, Cooling and Fireplaces

Since 1988 Randazzo Heating, Cooling and Fireplaces has been NATE certified, licensed and insured. Call Randazzo 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Highly trained technicians. Lennox and York dealer. We have our own installers and service all makes and models. We install and service geothermal.

Website for more info


Kitchens & Baths

Infusion Kitchen & Bath Showroom

Experience a showroom like no other. With a plethora of working toilets, kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, and steam showers, when you visit our designer plumbing showroom you're sure to be amazed. Our dedicated staff is here to assist you throughout your building or remodeling project

Website for more info


Roofing Replacement Guide

Replacing a roof isn't something a homeowner does that often.  Glenn Haege's Roofing Replacement Guide gives you the steps to follow in order to find a contractor, select the correct roofing materials and make sure that you are protected with the right warranty. It’s free!

Download the guide here

 
Publication date: 12/15/2016

 Click here for a printer-friendly version

Improve your indoor comfort

 

Based on some long range weather forecasts I see, we are going be spending a lot of time indoors in the next few months. Make sure you do it in comfort. That means a combination of two important factors: the temperature and the humidity.

The first thing to do is start with the basics. Change your furnace filter and clean or change the drum, pad or sponge in your humidifier, and turn the water valve to your humidifier on. Then switch the metal arm on your ductwork near the furnace to “W” (winter) from “S” (summer) to enable the warm air from the furnace to flow through the humidifier during the winter.

I recommend changing your furnace filter at least quarterly with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of 8 or higher to filter dust and other pollutants.

The best way to determine the current humidity level in your home is to get a hygrometer at the hardware store. Once you determine the relative humidity, you can manually adjust your humidifier accordingly with the humidistat, which is often located on the furnace’s ductwork. You can also get an automatic digital humidistat installed right next to your furnace thermostat.

Adjust the humidity levels in the home to make sure it is between 40 percent and 50 percent when the outdoor temperature is above 30 degrees, because the proper humidity makes you feel warmer. When the outdoor temperature drops below 30, your humidistat should be set so the hygrometer is higher than 35 percent.

Having the proper level is vital because too little humidity during the winter will make your house feel like a desert and contribute to respiratory problems, increased static electricity and can make you feel colder. And while too little humidity can result in one set of problems, too much humidity in the home can lead to bacteria growth and condensation appearing on windows. Condensation on the inside of your windows isn’t the window’s fault, but rather having either too much humidity or a lack of air circulation.

For a newer home that is well insulated and tightly sealed, you may still get moisture on the windows even if you control the humidity level. In that case, consider a make-up air control unit such as the Xavier EQUALIZ-AIR, (equaliz-air.com), or Skuttle Model 216, (skuttle.com), which reduces unwanted air infiltration to provide added indoor comfort.

If you want a whole-house humidifier, or are ready for a new one, the first place to start is the Humidity Calculator on the General Aire website, (generalaire.com). This calculator determines the gallons of water per day you need to disperse through the humidifier to get your home the temperature and humidity level you want.

General Aire also makes whole-house systems for homes without duct work called Elite Steam humidifiers. Other manufacturers of whole-house humidification systems include Aprilaire, (aprilaire.com), and Honeywell, (yourhome.honeywell.com).

If you have a smaller home or just want to add humidity to one or two rooms, consider a portable humidifier. These units come in a variety of designs these days, including cool mist evaporative, warm mist and even ultrasonic humidifiers that use vibration at high frequencies to break up the water into tiny droplets and are very efficient.

Note: This article was accurate at the date of publication. However, information contained in it may have changed. If you plan to use the information contained herein for any purpose, verification of its continued accuracy is your responsibility.

20 most recent Handyman Columns


New products make refinishing deck easier


New accessories add flair to decks


More than asphalt roofing shingles


Spring home show exhibitor number largest since 2004


Tank versus tankless hot water heater


About those 2016 energy tax credits


Low inventory translates to a seller’s market


Time for spring project planning


Try green products for remodeling, cleaning


Color trends more muted for home’s interior, vibrant on exterior


Use planning to survive power outages


Local bath remodeling trends mirror national study


Kitchen, bath remodeling have evolved


Change home’s floor plan to keep current


Home show attendance sign of housing rebound


Innovative products on display at builder’s show in Orlando


50th electronics show focuses on connectivity


Planning will make move to new home smoother


Odd sounds in home can be fixed


Winter’s for indoor projects, spring planning


Browse-by-date Index

Copyright 2017 H & S Associates, Inc. | Copyright & Proprietary Information Notice | Contact us