Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Lexington home while it’s still technically summer, now may be the best time to do so to ensure you’re ready for drier air when it cools down. Even though humidity isn’t typically thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time Lexington 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 annoyances, from dry skin to a scratchy throat. Having low humidity in your home can also mean increased 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 can 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 because of the lack of humidity. You may 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 potentially 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 could make an impact on your energy bill every month as well, likely 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 might be ideal for your home and budget, give the pros at James Heating & A/C, Inc a call at 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment online.