Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Hattiesburg home while it’s still technically summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to assure you’re ready 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 big role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time Hattiesburg 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 problems, 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 end up with 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 end up with splitting, separation or warping as a result 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, taking advantage of a humidifier means it can help you save energy and possibly 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 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 big 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 best for your home and budget, give the team at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 601-268-3486 or schedule an appointment online.