Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Carlsbad home when you’re doing what you can 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 gets 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 Carlsbad, 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 irritating shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even boost your likelihood of catching a cold or picking up a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes. Dry air can also cause problems your home in addition to your body. You may have wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also experience peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. It’s not all bad news, though, because it’s easy to manage the humidity level in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier may also help you reduce 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 more comfortable at a lower temperature. Being able to adjust your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill. If you though 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 Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services a call at 575-887-7777 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. If you’d prefer, you can even schedule your appointment online.