Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Augusta home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to make sure you’re ready for drier air when it cools down. Even though humidity isn’t usually thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a big role in our comfort. After all, remember the last time Augusta 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 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 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 due to 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, taking advantage of a humidifier means it can help you save energy and potentially 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 based on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees can 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 want to know which indoor air quality product might be best for your home and budget, give the experts at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 706-722-5304 or schedule an appointment online.