Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

Considering adding a humidifier to your Monroe 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, truly the best time to consider how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air gets drier this fall and winter.

You may not realize it, but how comfortable your indoor air is has a lot to do with humidity levels. For instance, when it’s extremely humid in Monroe, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unbearable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and maddening shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even boost your likelihood of catching a cold or developing 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 see wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also experience peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding.

Don’t worry, though, because it’s easy to manage the humidity level in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier has the potential to help you lower 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 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 Lanz Furnace and Fireplace a call at 608-291-3606 to find out which indoor air quality equipment would be best to keep your home comfort at optimum levels.