Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Lake Charles home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the best time to do so to ensure you’re ready for drier air when it cools down. While 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 Lake Charles 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 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 may also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can end up with splitting, separation or warping due to the lack of humidity. You might also experience peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t regulate 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 possibly reduce your air conditioner service costs. Having controlled 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, 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 you’re curious as to which indoor air quality product may be ideal for your home and budget, give the team at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc a call at 337-335-0992 or schedule an appointment online.