Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your Chadron home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the perfect time to do so to assure you’re ready 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 big role in our comfort. After all, remember the last time Chadron 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 annoyances, from dry skin to a scratchy throat. Having low humidity in your home can also mean more 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 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 experience splitting, separation or warping because of the lack of humidity. You could 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, utilizing a humidifier has the ability to help you save energy and could decrease 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 can make an impact on your energy bill every month as well, likely saving you money throughout the year. Indoor air quality isn’t specifically 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 may be perfect for your home and budget, give the pros at MPC Heating & Cooling a call at 308-432-5301 or schedule an appointment online.