Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Rocky Mount home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the best time to do so to make sure you’re ready for drier air this fall and winter. While humidity isn’t typically thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.

Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, remember the last time Rocky Mount 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 higher static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to an increased chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to get a cold or develop a respiratory illness.

Your home can also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can experience splitting, separation or warping as a result of the lack of humidity. You might also experience peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding.

Of course, there’s no reason you can’t keep an eye on 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 control over your humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler based on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees can make an impact on your energy bill every month as well, likely 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 interested as to which indoor air quality product might be ideal for your home and budget, give the pros at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 540-369-3790.