Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be difficult to think about adding a humidifier to your Beaverton home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the ideal time to do so to assure you’re prepped for drier air during the cooler months. Although humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a huge role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Beaverton had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s usually 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 higher 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 can 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 because of the lack of humidity. You may also notice peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t regulate the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, utilizing a humidifier can help you save energy and could lower your air conditioner service costs. Having humidity under control 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 each 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 large role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If you’re curious as to which indoor air quality product might be best for your home and budget, give the experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment online.