While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your Houston home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the best time to do so to make sure you’re ready for drier air this fall and winter. While humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.
Humidity plays a big role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Houston 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 more static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to a greater 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 end up with splitting, separation or warping because of the lack of humidity. You may 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 can help you save energy and possibly reduce 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 could make an impact on your energy bill month after month as well, likely saving you money throughout the year.
Indoor air quality isn’t only limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a large 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 could be perfect for your home and budget, give the team at Marcos AC & Heating a call at 713-469-3357.