Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider

Air Quality

Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Franklin Lakes 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 think about how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air becomes drier this fall and winter.

Some people don’t realize it, but how comfortable you feel inside has a lot to do with the level of humidity in your home. For instance, when it’s extremely humid in Franklin Lakes, 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 annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even boost 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 notice 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 could help you decrease your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to crank up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel warmer 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 Total Comfort a call at 201-268-5663 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. 

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