Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Considering adding a humidifier to your Olathe 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 starts to get drier this fall and winter. You may not have known this, but the comfort of your indoor air has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s extremely humid in Olathe, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unpleasant 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 cause problems your home in addition to your body. You may see 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 take control of the humidity in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier has the potential to help you decrease your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to bump up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel cozier at a lower temperature. Adjusting 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 913-432-3342 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will keep your home as comfortable as possible. If it’s easier, you can even schedule your appointment online.