I live in an area with vicious winter weather. The outside temperature starts feeling chilly by the end of September, and I usually need to start up the furnace at night. By December, the temperature drops below freezing and we often endure negative digits. We can expect the snow and cold to hang around until sometime in April. For more than half the year, I’m forced to keep the windows shut tight. With the furnace running, the house becomes extremely dry and stuffy feeling. While everyone is aware of the many problems caused by an excess of humidity, people often overlook the consequences of insufficient humidity. Along the with static shock and static cling, there are health concerns. Overly dry air makes us more susceptible to illness, such as respiratory infection, and slows the recovery process. Dry skin issues, such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as asthma and allergies are aggravated by a lack of moisture. Sore throat, itchy eyes, headache, chapped lips, bloody noses and frizzy hair all problems caused by insufficient humidity. It can also cause wood furnishings and floors to dry out and crack. Plus, dry air feels colder than properly moisturized air, leading to higher thermostat settings. By partnering a whole-home humidifier with the furnace, I save quite a bit of money. The furnace doesn’t need to work as hard or as long to maintain a perfect comfort level. Not only do I pay less in energy bills, but the furnace should last longer and operate more reliably. Because the humidifier introduces necessary moisture back into the indoor air, my home is healthier and far more enjoyable.