In my local area, the long and cold winters are a yearly challenge. By the end of September, it’s necessary to start up the furnace. The heating system typically runs for six to eight straight months, and combats temperatures well below zero. To avoid paying a fortune in energy bills, it’s necessary to tighten up the house and eliminate any leaks. Between the dry winter air, lack of ventilation and furnace blasting heat, humidity levels inside the home become a problem. The recommended relative humidity for a healthy, comfortable home is somewhere between forty and fifty percent. During the winter, to avoid condensation on the windows, humidity levels might need to be a bit lower than forty percent. The humidity level in my home dropped below twenty percent, and the dry air sucked moisture from everything it touched. Consequences included dry, itchy skin, damage to wood furnishings, and greater risk of catching cold or infection. Plus, as moisture evaporates off the body, it makes us feel colder. We then turn up the thermostat, which leads to higher monthly energy bills. To combat the negative effects of overly dry air, I installed a whole-home humidifier which connects directly to the existing furnace. The humidifier works automatically to introduce essential moisture and maintain ideal relative humidity. As a result, I’ve been able to turn down thermostat several degrees and enjoy superior comfort. Because the furnace now carries a lesser workload, I can expect it to operate more reliably and last longer. Living in a colder climate, a whole-home humidifier is as necessary as a dependable heating system.