Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Erie home when you’re spending a lot of time trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem odd. However, it’s actually the perfect time to consider how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air becomes drier this fall and winter. Some people don’t realize it, but how comfortable your indoor air is has a lot to do with humidity levels. For instance, when it’s very humid in Erie, 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 annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even raise your probability 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 see wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have problems 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 could help you lower 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. 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc a call at 814-833-5558 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will maximize your comfort level. You have the ability to even schedule your appointment online.