Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Contemplating adding a humidifier to your Baltimore home when you’re currently trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, it’s actually the perfect time to determine how to be sure 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 humidity levels. For instance, when it’s really humid in Baltimore, 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 increase your probability of catching a cold or developing 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 reduce your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to crank up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel cozier at a lower temperature. Being able to adjust 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 Quality Refrigeration a call at 410-355-6010 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.