While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Long Island home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the best time to do so to assure you’re prepared for drier air during the cooler months. Although humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.
Humidity plays a big role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Long Island had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s typically 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 increased 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 catch 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 due to 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 can 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 based on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees have the ability to 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 large role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If you’re interested as to which indoor air quality product may be ideal for your home and budget, give the experts at Airmax Long Island Inc a call at 631-737-5566.