Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

Considering adding a humidifier to your Marshalltown home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, it’s actually the perfect time to think about how to make sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air starts to get drier this fall and winter.

Some people don’t realize it, but how comfortable your indoor air is has a lot to do with humidity levels. For instance, when it’s really humid in Marshalltown, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unpleasant it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and irritating shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your probability of catching a cold or fighting a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes.

Dry air can also be a problem for your home in addition to your body. You may notice wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also experience peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding.

It’s not all bad news, though, because it’s easy to take control of the humidity in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier may also help you lower your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to crank up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel warmer at a lower temperature. Being able to adjust 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 B & G HVAC a call at 641-323-1210 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level.