Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Long Beach 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. Even though humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.

Humidity plays a big role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time Long Beach 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 higher 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 get 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 experience 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, using a humidifier means it can help you save energy and could decrease your air conditioner service costs.

Having controlled humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler depending 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, 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 may be perfect for your home and budget, give the experts at YES R&M Inc. a call at 562-286-6624.