Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Considering adding a humidifier to your Beaverton home when you’re currently trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem odd. However, truly the best time to determine how to be sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air starts to get drier this fall and winter. Some people don’t realize it, but how comfortable you feel inside has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s very humid in Beaverton, 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 raise your probability of catching a cold or picking up a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes. Dry air can also affect your home in addition to your body. You may have 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 control the humidity levels in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier has the potential to help you reduce your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to turn up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel more comfortable 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. If you’d prefer, you can even schedule your appointment online.