Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your Madera home while it’s still technically summer, now may be the best time to do so to ensure you’re ready for drier air during the cooler months. While humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a huge role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time Madera 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 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 catch 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 as a result of the lack of humidity. You might also have to deal with 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, using a humidifier can help you save energy and possibly 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 can make an impact on your energy bill each month as well, potentially 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 you’re interested as to which indoor air quality product might be perfect for your home and budget, give the pros at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at 559-675-1681 or schedule an appointment online.