Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

Air Quality

Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Pella home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, now is the time to consider how to be sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air starts to get drier this fall and winter.

You may not have known this, but the comfort of your indoor air has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s very humid in Pella, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unpleasant it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even boost your chances of catching a cold or picking up 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 have problems with 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 could help you decrease 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 more comfortable at a lower temperature. Lowering 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 Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating a call at 641-628-3621 to find out which indoor air quality equipment would be best to keep your home comfort at optimum levels. 

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