Due to the severe winter weather in my local area, we tend to rely on the furnace for eight months of the year.
- The constant blast of heat causes some problems.
Along with paying extremely high energy bills, we also deal with overly dry air. The cold winter air naturally lacks sufficient humidity. With the furnace operating, the air in the house is dry enough to cause concerns. For a while, we were getting a shock every time we walked across the carpet. My whole family complained of static cling, frizzy hair and chapped lips. There were issues with bloody noses, sore throats, itchy eyes and headaches. A lack of humidity dries out nasal passages and makes people more susceptible to respiratory infection. It can take longer to recover from illness. Plus, dry air feels colder than properly moisturized air, leading to higher thermostat settings and heating costs. I looked into the different types of humidifiers and learned that there are steam, bypass and fan-style humidifiers. Each one works to introduce essential moisture back into the air. I chose a steam-style humidifier because it was able to handle my larger home. The system offers independent control, allowing me to customize settings to our preferences. It works by way of electrodes that convert water into steam and handles the needs of the entire house. The humidifier is installed right into the existing heating system and requires only annual maintenance. It operates almost silently and has made a huge improvement in our comfort. We’ve been able to lower the thermostat setting and reduce expenses and wear and tear on the furnace. The savings have quickly recovered the initial investment.