Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Contemplating adding a humidifier to your the Upper Rio Grande Valley home when you’re spending a lot of time trying to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem unpleasant. However, it’s actually the perfect time to think about how to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air gets drier this fall and winter. You may not 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 very humid in the Upper Rio Grande Valley, 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 chances of catching a cold or fighting 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 experience 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 has the potential to help you lower your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to turn up your heat. Balanced 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 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 Cytech Heating & Cooling a call at 956-630-3522 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.