Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Considering adding a humidifier to your Hattiesburg home when you’re currently trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, now is the time to determine how to be sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air gets drier this fall and winter. You may not realize it, but how comfortable your indoor air is has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s really humid in Hattiesburg, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unpleasant it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause discomfort, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and maddening shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your chances of catching a cold or picking up a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes. Dry air can also affect your home in addition to your body. You may notice wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have issues with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. The good news is that it’s easy to control the humidity levels in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier could help you decrease your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to bump up your heat. The right humidity levels can make your home feel warmer at a lower temperature. Adjusting your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill. If you though you could only 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 601-268-3486 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will keep your home as comfortable as possible. If it’s easier, you can even schedule your appointment online.