Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your Auburn home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to ensure you’re prepped for drier air when it cools down. Even though humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a big role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Auburn had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s typically 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 annoyances, from dry skin to a scratchy throat. Having low humidity in your home can also mean more static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to a higher chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to get a cold or develop a respiratory illness. Your home can also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can experience splitting, separation or warping due to the lack of humidity. You might also have to deal with peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t keep an eye on the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, using a humidifier has the ability to help you save energy and could lower your air conditioner service costs. Having controlled humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler based on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees have the ability to make an impact on your energy bill month after month as well, potentially saving you money throughout the year. Indoor air quality isn’t specifically 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 might be perfect for your home and budget, give the team at Forster Heating a call at 530-885-8081 or schedule an appointment online.