Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Middletown home while it’s still officially 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 typically thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Middletown 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 issues, 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 may also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can experience splitting, separation or warping as a result of the lack of humidity. You might 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, taking advantage of a humidifier has the ability to help you save energy and potentially reduce 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 have the ability to 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 want to know which indoor air quality product might be perfect for your home and budget, give the experts at Schagrin Gas Company a call at 302-658-2000 or schedule an appointment online.