Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Branchville home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the perfect time to do so to make sure you’re prepped for drier air during the cooler months. While humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.

Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time Branchville had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s usually 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 annoyances, 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 greater chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to get 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 end up with splitting, separation or warping as a result of the lack of humidity. You could also notice 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, utilizing a humidifier can help you save energy and potentially reduce your air conditioner service costs.

Having controlled 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 could 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 big role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If you’re curious as to which indoor air quality product could be perfect for your home and budget, give the experts at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. a call at 862-345-6896.