Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Thinking about adding a humidifier to your Thousand Oaks home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, it’s actually the perfect time to think about how to make sure 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 the level of humidity in your home. For instance, when it’s really humid in Thousand Oaks, 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 irritating shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your probability of catching a cold or fighting 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 control the humidity levels 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 crank up your heat. The right humidity levels can make your home feel warmer 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 Air Max HVAC Inc a call at 805-217-8662 to find out which indoor air quality equipment would be best to keep your home comfort at optimum levels. If you’d prefer, you can even schedule your appointment online.