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Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your Anchorage home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to make sure you’re prepped for drier air during the cooler months. Although humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.

Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time Anchorage 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 problems, 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 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 can 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 regulate the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, utilizing a humidifier has the ability to 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 depending 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, potentially saving you money throughout the year.

Indoor air quality isn’t strictly limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a huge 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 may be best for your home and budget, give the team at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services a call at 907-202-9798.