Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Thinking about adding a humidifier to your Chicago home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, it’s actually the perfect time to determine 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 humidity levels. For instance, when it’s extremely humid in Chicago, 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 chances of catching a cold or developing 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 have wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also experience peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. It’s not all bad news, 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. 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 773-704-0640 to find out which indoor air quality equipment would be best to keep your home comfort at optimum levels. You have the ability to even schedule your appointment online.