Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Charlottesville 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 consider how to be sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air gets drier this fall and winter. You may not realize it, but the comfort of your indoor air has a lot to do with the level of humidity in your home. For instance, when it’s very humid in Charlottesville, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unbearable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause discomfort, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and maddening shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even boost your likelihood of catching a cold or fighting 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 could help you lower your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to bump up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel warmer at a lower temperature. Lowering your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill. If you though 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 Beck Cohen a call at 434-296-0129 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. If it’s easier, you can even schedule your appointment online.