Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015While it may be tough to think about adding a humidifier to your Olathe home while it’s still technically summer, now may be the best time to do so to make sure you’re prepped for drier air when it cools down. While humidity isn’t normally thought of when considering indoor air quality, it should be. Humidity plays a critical role in our comfort. After all, recall the last time Olathe had a day (or week…or month) of high humidity. That’s typically when you hear people saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s that darn humidity.” On the flip side of this, air that is too dry also comes with its own problems, from dry skin to a scratchy throat. Having low humidity in your home can also mean more static electricity, dry lips and hair, a scratchy nose and chapped lips to name a few. Dry air leads to a higher chance of your mucous membranes drying out, making it easier for you to catch a cold or develop a respiratory illness. Your home could also be affected by the lack of a humidifier as well, as woodwork and furniture can experience splitting, separation or warping because of the lack of humidity. You might also experience peeling wallpaper or gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t regulate the humidity levels in your home, making it that much more comfortable when you walk in the door. Plus, taking advantage of a humidifier means it can help you save energy and could lower your air conditioner service costs. Having controlled humidity also means you can have the thermostat set a few degrees warmer or cooler dependent on the season, because humid air feels more comfortable. Those few degrees could make an impact on your energy bill every month as well, possibly saving you money throughout the year. Indoor air quality isn’t specifically limited to ventilation, air filtration or air purification. Humidity plays a big role in our comfort, so why not make your air the most comfortable it can be. If you’re curious as to which indoor air quality product might be perfect for your home and budget, give the team at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 913-432-3342 or schedule an appointment online.