Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

Considering adding a humidifier to your Rapid City home when you’re currently trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, now is the time to determine how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air becomes drier this fall and winter.

You may not have known this, but how comfortable you feel inside has a lot to do with humidity levels. For instance, when it’s really humid in Rapid City, you’ll notice more people complaining about how hot and uncomfortable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and irritating 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 have problems with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding.

The good news is that it’s easy to control the humidity levels in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier could help you reduce your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to crank up your heat. Balanced humidity levels can make your home feel cozier at a lower temperature. Being able to adjust your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill.

While you may have known you could 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 Precision Mechanical a call at 605-206-3766 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level.