Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Thinking about adding a humidifier to your Utica home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, truly the best 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 the comfort of your indoor air has a lot to do with humidity levels. For instance, when it’s really humid in Utica, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unpleasant it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even raise your chances of catching a cold or fighting 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 see wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have problems with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Don’t worry, though, because it’s easy to manage the humidity level in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier may also help you reduce your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to turn up your heat. Balanced humidity levels can make your home feel cozier at a lower temperature. Lowering 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 Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at 586-731-0950 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. You have the ability to even schedule your appointment online.