While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your West Columbia home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the perfect time to do so to assure 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 big role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time West Columbia 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 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 because 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, using a humidifier means it 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 have the ability to make an impact on your energy bill every month as well, potentially saving you money throughout the year.
Indoor air quality isn’t specifically limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a huge 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 may be ideal for your home and budget, give the pros at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. a call at 803-265-4208.