Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your Scottsboro home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the perfect time to do so to assure you’re prepped 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 huge role in our comfort. After all, remember the last time Scottsboro 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 greater chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to catch 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 end up with splitting, separation or warping due to the lack of humidity. You might also experience peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t regulate 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 lower your air conditioner service costs. Having humidity under control 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 could make an impact on your energy bill each month as well, potentially saving you money throughout the year. Indoor air quality isn’t strictly 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 ideal for your home and budget, give the team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online.