While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Columbus home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to make sure you’re prepared for drier air this fall and winter. 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 Columbus 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 end up with a cold or develop a respiratory illness.
Your home may 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 might 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, utilizing a humidifier has the ability to help you save energy and potentially decrease your air conditioner service costs.
Having controlled humidity 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 have the ability to make an impact on your energy bill each month as well, possibly saving you money throughout the year.
Indoor air quality isn’t only 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 curious as to which indoor air quality product may be ideal for your home and budget, give the team at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling a call at 614-451-0846.