Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Buellton home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the best time to do so to ensure you’re prepped for drier air when it cools down. Although humidity isn’t normally 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 Buellton had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s normally 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 more 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 get 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 then have to deal with splitting, separation or warping as a result of the lack of humidity. You could 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 can help you save energy and possibly lower 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 month after 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 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 Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 805-242-9638.