While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your McMurray home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the perfect time to do so to make sure you’re ready for drier air when it cools down. 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 McMurray 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 problems, from dry skin to a scratchy throat.
Having low humidity in your home can also mean more 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 get 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 then have to deal with splitting, separation or warping as a result 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 control the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, using a humidifier can help you save energy and possibly decrease your air conditioner service costs.
Having humidity under control 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 specifically 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 could be perfect for your home and budget, give the experts at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing a call at 724-370-0141.