Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Thinking about adding a humidifier to your Paso Robles home when you’re currently trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, now is the time to consider how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air becomes drier this fall and winter. You may not have known this, but how comfortable you feel inside has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s extremely humid in Paso Robles, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unpleasant it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your probability of catching a cold or developing 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 notice 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 has the potential to help you reduce your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to bump up your heat. The right humidity levels can make your home feel more comfortable at a lower temperature. Lowering your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill. While you may have thought 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air a call at 805-238-7553 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. If it’s easier, you can even schedule your appointment online.