Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Considering adding a humidifier to your Longview home when you’re currently trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, truly the best time to determine how to be sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air becomes drier this fall and winter. You may not realize it, but the comfort of your indoor air has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s very humid in Longview, you’ll notice more people complaining about how hot and uncomfortable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause issues, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and maddening shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your likelihood of catching a cold or picking up 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 notice wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have issues with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. The good news is that it’s easy to manage the humidity level in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier may also help you lower your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to turn up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel cozier at a lower temperature. Being able to adjust 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 903-758-0701 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will keep your home as comfortable as possible. If you’d prefer, you can even schedule your appointment online.