Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Zelienople home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the perfect time to do so to assure you’re ready for drier air this fall and winter. Although humidity isn’t usually thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, remember the last time Zelienople had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s usually when you hear people saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s that darn humidity.” On the flip side of this, air that is too dry also comes with its own problems, from dry skin to a scratchy throat. Having low humidity in your home can also mean higher static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to a greater chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to get a cold or develop a respiratory illness. Your home may also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can experience splitting, separation or warping as a result of the lack of humidity. You could also have to deal with peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t control the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, taking advantage of a humidifier can help you save energy and possibly lower your air conditioner service costs. Having controlled humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler depending on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees have the ability to make an impact on your energy bill each month as well, potentially saving you money throughout the year. Indoor air quality isn’t strictly limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a huge role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If you’re interested as to which indoor air quality product could be best for your home and budget, give the experts at Knoechel Heating Company a call at 724-452-6280 or schedule an appointment online.