Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your West Valley home while it’s still technically summer, now may be the perfect time to do so to assure you’re prepped 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 huge role in our comfort. After all, remember the last time West Valley 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 problems, 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 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 can 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 have to deal with 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, using a humidifier means it can help you save energy and possibly decrease your air conditioner service costs. Having controlled humidity 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 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 large role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If want to know which indoor air quality product may be ideal for your home and budget, give the experts at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-969-7088 or schedule an appointment online.