Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your York 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 typically thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, remember the last time York 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 issues, 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 end up with a cold or develop a respiratory illness. Your home could also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can then have to deal with splitting, separation or warping because of the lack of humidity. You may also experience 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 has the ability to help you save energy and could reduce 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 each month as well, possibly saving you money throughout the year. Indoor air quality isn’t specifically limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a large 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 ideal for your home and budget, give the pros at Strine's Heating & A/C Inc a call at 717-755-4127 or schedule an appointment online.