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Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

Considering adding a humidifier to your Plainfield 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 determine how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air becomes drier this fall and winter.

Some people don’t realize it, but how comfortable you feel inside has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s very humid in Plainfield, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unpleasant it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause discomfort, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even boost your likelihood of catching a cold or picking up 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 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 has the potential to help you decrease your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to turn up your heat. The right humidity levels can make your home feel more comfortable 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 thought you could only 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc a call at 815-410-1231 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level.