Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Topeka home while it’s still officially summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to make sure you’re prepared for drier air when it cools down. While humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Topeka 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 problems, from dry skin to a scratchy throat. Having low humidity in your home can also mean increased static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to an increased chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to end up with 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 then have to deal with splitting, separation or warping as a result of the lack of humidity. You could also notice 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, using a humidifier means it can help you save energy and potentially reduce 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 can make an impact on your energy bill every month as well, possibly saving you money throughout the year. Indoor air quality isn’t specifically limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a large role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If want to know which indoor air quality product may be perfect for your home and budget, give the pros at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. a call at 785-357-6200 or schedule an appointment online.