Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Northwest Arkansas home while it’s still technically summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to assure you’re prepped for drier air when it cools down. Even though humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a huge role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Northwest Arkansas 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 higher static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to a higher chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to get a cold or develop a respiratory illness. Your home may 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 regulate the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, using a humidifier means it can help you save energy and could lower your air conditioner service costs. Having control over your humidity 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 can 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 huge role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If you’re curious as to which indoor air quality product might be perfect for your home and budget, give the pros at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC a call at 479-372-4304 or schedule an appointment online.