Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Laurel home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, it’s actually the perfect 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 realize it, but how comfortable your indoor air is has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s very humid in Laurel, you’ll notice more people complaining about how hot and uncomfortable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause discomfort, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your probability of catching a cold or fighting 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 notice wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also experience peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding.
The good news is that 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 crank up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel cozier at a lower temperature. Adjusting 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 H&C Heating and Cooling a call at 301-960-3247 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will keep your home as comfortable as possible.