Adding a humidifier is a huge improvement

It’s quite obvious when there is high humidity.

The air feels hot, heavy and sticky. Issues with insufficient humidity are often ignored and yet equally as problematic. I live in the northeastern part of the country, where the winter conditions linger for more than half of the year. When the outside temperature drops, there is less moisture in the air. Inside the house, with the furnace blasting heat, the lack of sufficient humidity becomes a major concern. Getting a shock after walking across the carpet is a sign of overly dry air. It can also cause hardwood furnishings such as doors, floors and antiques to crack. There’s an increased risk of respiratory infection, headaches and sleeplessness. Chapped lips, blood noses, sore throat and itchy eyes are all consequences of a lack of moisture in the air. Eczema and psoriasis symptoms are worsened because of it. Plus, dry air feels colder than properly moisturized air, leading to higher thermostat settings. This just makes the situation worse and puts more strain on the furnace. I finally did some research and learned the importance and benefits of installing a whole-home humidifier. Unlike portable models, a whole-house humidifier installs right into the existing furnace and introduces moisture into the air as it passes through. It positively affects the entire home, improving comfort and indoor air quality. The system requires only yearly maintenance, operates quietly and is exceptionally energy efficient. The humidifier is one of the best investments I’ve made. I’ve been able to lower the thermostat several degrees and reduce monthly heating bills.
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