Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Saint Petersburg home while it’s still technically summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to assure you’re ready for drier air when it cools down. Although humidity isn’t usually thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.

Humidity plays a huge role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Saint Petersburg 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 issues, 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 end up with 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 end up with splitting, separation or warping due to the lack of humidity. You may also experience 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, taking advantage of a humidifier has the ability to help you save energy and possibly decrease your air conditioner service costs.

Having control over your 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 month after 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 pros at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call at 727-369-6195.