As far as heating systems are concerned, most people usually pay the attention to the temperature. Air humidity tends to be overlooked in the equation, but it is in fact very important factor that affects health, comfort, and the condition of the building. Humidity can be defined as the amount of the water vapor in the air and is measured as relative humidity (RH), which is the proportion of water vapor that the air currently contains in relation to the actual amount of water that the air can hold. The air humidity changes according to the temperature indoor and outdoor. Combining recommendations from different sources, optimal indoor air humidity is between 30% and 60%.
During winter season when temperatures are cold, the air looses its ability to hold water to some level, therefore the air humidity drops. Using convection heating system that heat the air and dry it up, the optimal room humidity can be difficult to achieve. Low air humidity (less than 30%) can cause asthma and allergy symptoms, sinus infections and congestion, dryness in respiratory tract and skin. The viruses spread faster and more easily in the dry air. This becomes a great issue when dealing with a global pandemic like we are facing now. Dry skin does not absorb the heat well, therefore it is not easy to reach comfortable temperature. And finally, the structure of the house, wood flooring and furniture looses moisture and become prone to cracks and damage.
High indoor air humidity (above 60%) on the other hand can also present challenges like condensation forming, growth of bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew and fungi, greater discomfort for people with asthma and allergies, and weakening or rotting of the structure of the building.
Our smart thermostats with air humidity sensors can measure real time air humidity as well as provide you with the average room humidity level across 7 days period. iHelios heating system contributes towards maintaining optimal humidity level in your home. Infrared radiation that iHelios product emits, heats people, objects, and the fabric of the house directly rather than heating up the air. To be precise, it heats the air only slightly. This means that, even in the winter season, the air inside your home does not become dry and remains optimal humidity level, allowing you to enjoy the comfortable heat and avoid all the health and building structure issues related to extreme levels of air humidity.