Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Wisconsin Rapids home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the best time to do so to make sure you’re prepped for drier air this fall and winter. While humidity isn’t typically thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a big role in our comfort. After all, remember the last time Wisconsin Rapids had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s typically 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 issues, from dry skin to a scratchy throat. Having low humidity in your home can also mean more static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to a greater chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to get a cold or develop a respiratory illness. Your home could also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can end up with splitting, separation or warping as a result of the lack of humidity. You might also notice peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t control the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, taking advantage of a humidifier can help you save energy and potentially reduce your air conditioner service costs. Having control over your humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler dependent on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees could 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 want to know which indoor air quality product could be perfect for your home and budget, give the experts at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc a call at 715-421-5555 or schedule an appointment online.