I rely on my furnace for more than half the year.
- The temperature in the local area is frequently below freezing.
It’s not unusual for it to dip down to twenty below zero and the wind chill makes it feel even colder. We accumulate approximately fifteen feet of snow annually. During the winter, the air is naturally very dry. If I spend anytime outdoors, I end up with chapped lips and dry skin. Inside the house, with the heater running, the situation is much worse. As the furnace supplies heat to the air, it pulls moisture out of it, creating extremely dry conditions. The air then draws moisture out of everything it comes in contact with, including wood furniture and our skin and hair. Some of the consequences of insufficient humidity are frizzy hair, bloody noses, sore throat, itchy eyes, headache, restless sleep and static shock. It’s very bad for air quality and my budget. Because dry air feels cooler than properly moisturized air, it’s tempting to turn up the thermostat. The furnace then works harder, runs longer and uses more energy. I pay higher heating bills and the furnace is more likely to malfunction. Plus, the house doesn’t feel as comfortable. I’ve found that the installation of a whole-home humidifier pays for itself. The unit is tucked out of sight, makes very little noise and requires only yearly upkeep. Because I’ve been able to lower the thermostat setting, I’m saving quite a bit of money on energy bills. Plus, the house feels warmer and more comfortable. I don’t need to worry about damage to wood furnishings or concerns with winter air quality.