Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

August 26, 2015

Thinking about adding a humidifier to your Beaverton home when you’re spending a lot of time 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 really humid in Beaverton, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unbearable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause discomfort, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and irritating shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your chances of catching a cold or developing a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes.

Dry air can also cause problems 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.

Don’t worry, though, because it’s easy to control the humidity levels 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 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 503-374-1934 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level.