Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Portland Metro home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem odd. However, it’s actually the perfect time to determine how to make sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air gets drier this fall and winter. You may not 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 Portland Metro, you’ll notice more people complaining about how hot and uncomfortable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and irritating shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even raise your likelihood of catching a cold or picking up a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes. Dry air can also affect your home in addition to your body. You may have wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have issues with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Don’t worry, though, because 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 crank up your heat. Balanced humidity levels can make your home feel more comfortable at a lower temperature. Adjusting 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 Central Air Inc a call at 503-656-1908 to find out which indoor air quality equipment would be best to keep your home comfort at optimum levels. You have the ability to even schedule your appointment online.