Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Considering adding a humidifier to your Florissant home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, now is the time to determine how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air starts to get drier this fall and winter. You may not have known this, but how comfortable your indoor air is has a lot to do with humidity levels. For instance, when it’s very humid in Florissant, you’ll notice more people complaining about how hot and uncomfortable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause discomfort, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and maddening shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even boost 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. It’s not all bad news, though, because it’s easy to take control of the humidity in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier could 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 B & B Heating & Cooling a call at 314-838-9800 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. If you’d prefer, you can even schedule your appointment online.