I suffer from an aggravating skin issue called psoriasis. It mainly affects my elbows and knees, and can become red, itchy and painful. My skin cells in these areas regenerate too quickly, causing unattractive scaling and flaking. No one really knows what causes psoriasis, and there’s no known cure. There are lots of different types of treatments, which are often expensive and they typically only work for a short time. I’ve done my own research, and have figured out that overly dry air worsens my symptoms. Since I live in the northeastern part of the country, insufficient humidity is a big problem. Winter weather is always dry, and our cold season lasts approximately eight months. The operation of the furnace only worsens the dry conditions. Some of the consequences of insufficient moisture include frizzy hair, chapped lips, headache, sore throat, itchy eyes, static shock, and aggravated symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Plus, dry air feels colder and leads to higher thermostat settings, more strain on the furnace, and more costly monthly energy bills. To combat all of these problems, I’ve installed a whole-home humidifier. I chose a steam-style humidifier, which is incorporated directly into the furnace but operates independently. I am able to regulate humidity levels to my preference and improve the health and comfort of my home. By maintaining optimum moisture, I’ve been able to lower the thermostat setting, trim costs, and reduce my issues with psoriasis. The whole-home humidifier was not all that costly to purchase and has certainly paid for itself. It only requires annual maintenance, runs quietly, and has made a huge impact on the overall enjoyment of my home.