Living in the northeastern part of the country, the winters are long, cold and difficult.
- With temperatures down to twenty-five below zero, we need to keep the house sealed up tight and the furnace running.
We sometimes rely on the furnace for eight months straight. During the winter, the cold, outside air is naturally very dry. With the heater running at maximum capacity inside, the air becomes dangerously dry. Excessively dry air creates all sorts of problems with comfort, health and integrity of furnishings. The dry air sucks moisture out of everything it touches, including hair, skin and furniture. It can result in hardwood floors, furniture and musical instruments cracking and splitting. It leads to static shock which is unpleasant and can damage low voltage electronics. Dry air can be blamed for chapped lips, bloody noses, headache, sore throat, frequent sneezing and itchy eyes. It also makes people more susceptible to infection and prolongs the symptoms of colds, flue, asthma and allergies. Since dry air feels colder than properly moisturized air, it encourages higher thermostat settings. The furnace is forced work longer and harder, and energy bills become very expensive. The solution is a whole-home humidifier. The humidifier installs right into the air handler of the furnace, where it is tucked out of sight and operates quietly. It requires only annual maintenance and is wonderfully energy efficient. The humidifier allows customized settings and introduces necessary moisture into the air. I chose a steam-style humidifier because I can run it independently from the furnace and it easily handles the demands of my larger home. Because of the humidifier, my home is more comfortable and healthier, and I save a great deal of money on heating bills.