Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Thinking about adding a humidifier to your Rapid City home when you’re spending a lot of time trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, truly the best time to consider how to be 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 the comfort of your indoor air has a lot to do with the level of humidity in your home. For instance, when it’s extremely humid in Rapid City, you’ll notice more people complaining about how hot and uncomfortable 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 fighting a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes. Dry air can also cause problems 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 take control of the humidity 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 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 known you could 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc a call at 605-342-5107 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will keep your home as comfortable as possible. If you’d prefer, you can even schedule your appointment online.