Humidifier

Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

While it may be hard to think about adding a humidifier to your Gresham home while it’s still formally summer, now may be the best time to do so to make sure you’re ready for drier air during the cooler months. Although humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be.

Humidity plays a big role in our comfort. After all, think about the last time Gresham had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s usually 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 annoyances, 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 an increased chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to catch a cold or develop a respiratory illness.

Your home can also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can end up with splitting, separation or warping due to the lack of humidity. You could 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, utilizing a humidifier means it can help you save energy and could reduce your air conditioner service costs.

Having controlled humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler depending on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees can make an impact on your energy bill month after month as well, likely 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 you’re curious as to which indoor air quality product might be perfect for your home and budget, give the pros at Honke Heating & AC a call at 503-663-8033.

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