For the last two years, we had been using portable humidifiers all winter long.
We have a fireplace that works wonderfully for heating the house. The problem was that a fireplace pulls all the moisture out of the air. We had to have humidifiers to put the moisture back in the air. My husband started tiring of trudging down the stairs into the basement. He would carry the water back up the basement stairs and up the steps to the loft landing, where he filled the humidifier. He followed this routine three times a day for at least four months a year. I understood how tired he was of this routine, but he took a very expensive route. He called the HVAC company and told them he needed a humidifier that would run with the furnace. I had to admit that the humidifier worked well, and I was no longer itchy all the time. I just couldn’t figure out why he had done such a rash move. When he finally fessed up, he told me that he figured out how many times he had climbed the stairs over the last three years. He figured how many gallons of water he had carried. He also figured out how much wood he had cut and carried for the fireplace. He thought that a new furnace that had a humidifier attached was better for both of us. I have to admit that I am feeling much better since we quit using the fireplace. I don’t suffer from asthma and allergies all winter. He made a good decision with the furnace and humidifier.