Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Thinking about adding a humidifier to your West Palm Beach home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, truly the best time to think about how to make sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air starts to get drier this fall and winter. Some people don’t realize it, but how comfortable you feel inside has a lot to do with the level of humidity in your home. For instance, when it’s really humid in West Palm Beach, 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 maddening shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even increase your likelihood 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 have wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have problems with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. It’s not all bad news, though, because 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 turn up your heat. Proper humidity levels can make your home feel more comfortable 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 Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 561-401-0011 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.