Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

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

Humidity plays a big role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Lincoln 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 issues, 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 an increased chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to catch 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 then have to deal 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 keep an eye on 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 potentially reduce your air conditioner service costs.

Having controlled humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler dependent 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 strictly limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a large 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 might be ideal for your home and budget, give the team at AW Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 402-438-7992.