Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Hattiesburg home when you’re currently trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, it’s actually the perfect time to determine how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air starts to get drier this fall and winter.

You may not have known this, but how comfortable you feel inside has a lot to do with humidity levels. For instance, when it’s very humid in Hattiesburg, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unbearable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and maddening shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your probability of catching a cold or fighting a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes.

Dry air can also cause problems your home in addition to your body. You may see wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have issues with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding.

It’s not all bad news, though, because it’s easy to control the humidity levels in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier has the potential to help you decrease your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to crank up your heat. The right humidity levels can make your home feel warmer at a lower temperature. Being able to adjust your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill.

While you may have known you could control your indoor air quality with ventilation, air filtration or air purification, now you know how big of a role humidity plays in your home comfort. Call Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 601-292-9763 to find out which indoor air quality equipment would be best to keep your home comfort at optimum levels.