Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your Abilene home while it’s still technically summer, now may be the best time to do so to make sure you’re prepared for drier air when it cools down. While humidity isn’t usually thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.

Humidity plays a huge role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time Abilene had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s typically 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 higher chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to catch a cold or develop a respiratory illness.

Your home could also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can experience splitting, separation or warping because of the lack of humidity. You could also have to deal with 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, using a humidifier has the ability to help you save energy and potentially lower 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 could make an impact on your energy bill each month as well, likely saving you money throughout the year.

Indoor air quality isn’t strictly 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 experts at Abilene Air-Tech Inc a call at 325-200-4667.

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