Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Considering adding a humidifier to your Augusta home when you’re currently trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, now is the time to think about how to be sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air starts to get drier this fall and winter. You may not realize it, but the comfort of your indoor air has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s really humid in Augusta, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unpleasant it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause issues, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even boost your chances of catching a cold or developing a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes. Dry air can also affect your home in addition to your body. You may see wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have issues with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. It’s not all bad news, though, because it’s easy to manage the humidity level in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier may also help you reduce your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to turn up your heat. Balanced humidity levels can make your home feel cozier at a lower temperature. Lowering your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill. While you may have known you could control your indoor air quality with ventilation, air filtration or air purification, now you know how big of a role humidity plays in your home comfort. Call McCune Heating & Cooling a call at 316-733-9123 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. If it’s easier, you can even schedule your appointment online.