Whole-house humidifier is necessary

Cold air doesn’t retain as much moisture as warm air.

In my local area, with outside temperatures down to twenty below zero, the air becomes especially dry.

Since the winter weather lingers for more than six months, the lack of humidity is a big concern. Inside the home, with the furnace running, the consequences of overly dry air include damage to furnishings, health risks and a larger workload for the heating system. Because dry air feels colder, it’s tempting to raise the thermostat setting. This doesn’t resolve the issue but simply forces the furnace to run more often and use more energy. Along with higher monthly utility bills, there’s an increased chance of malfunction and expense repairs. Static shock is a sign of low humidity and can actually damage low voltage electronics. Frizzy hair, chapped lips and static cling are common complaints. The dry air tends to pull moisture out of everything it touches. Hardwood floors, doors, moldings and antiques can easily warp and split. Dried out mucous membranes in nasal passages elevate the risk of respiratory infection. Insufficient humidity can often be blamed for sneezing, coughing, sore throat, congestion, headaches, difficulty sleeping and irritated symptoms of asthma, allergies, eczema and psoriasis. Portable humidifiers are a lot of work for very little benefit. I’ve found that the best solution is a humidifier that is installed right into the heating system. The unit introduces moisture into the air as it passes through, benefiting the entire house. There are three different styles of whole-home humidifiers. I chose a steam-style unit because of the more natural process, quiet operation and ability to customize the amount of moisture.

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