Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Columbia home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the perfect time to do so to assure you’re prepared for drier air this fall and winter. Although humidity isn’t usually thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.

Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Columbia had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s normally when you hear people saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s that darn humidity.” On the flip side of this, air that is too dry also comes with its own problems, from dry skin to a scratchy throat.

Having low humidity in your home can also mean increased static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to a higher chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to catch a cold or develop a respiratory illness.

Your home may also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can then have to deal with splitting, separation or warping due to the lack of humidity. You could also experience peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding.

Of course, there’s no reason you can’t regulate the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, taking advantage of a humidifier can help you save energy and could reduce your air conditioner service costs.

Having control over your humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler depending on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees have the ability to make an impact on your energy bill every month as well, potentially saving you money throughout the year.

Indoor air quality isn’t only limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a huge role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If want to know which indoor air quality product could be ideal for your home and budget, give the experts at Watts Electric & A/C Inc a call at 601-736-7362.