Considering adding a humidifier to your Des Moines home when you’re spending a lot of time trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, it’s actually the perfect time to consider how to be sure 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 Des Moines, 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 irritating shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your likelihood of catching a cold or developing 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 see wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have issues 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 has the potential to help you decrease your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to bump up your heat. The right humidity levels can make your home feel more comfortable at a lower temperature. Lowering your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill.
While you may have thought 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling a call at 515-207-6569 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level.