Because of the especially long and chilly Winter seasons in my location, the oil furnace runs for approximately 5 months of the year.
With cold temperatures often below zero, the gas furnace carries a heavy burden.
It’s necessary to keep the home sealed up well. To avoid energy waste plus minimize energy bills, I’ve installed thermal-pane, Energy Star rated windows. I’ve carefully caulked around the windows and weatherstripped the outside of the doors. I’ve added a thick layer of insulation in the attic, walls and crawlspace, my efforts work to prevent the heated air from escaping outdoors plus the chilly air from coming inside. However, I’ve also limited natural ventilation. In the Winter season, the air is naturally quite dry. With the oil furnace pumping out hot air just about all day, everyday, the low humidity level inside the home becomes problematic. Walking across the carpet plus getting a shock is a sign of insufficient moisture in the air, however static filled hair, chapped lips, bloody noses plus dry skin are also consequences. There are concerns with hardwood floors, moldings, doors, furnishings plus music instruments cracking. The air can dry out nasal passages plus aggravate symptoms of flu symptoms, asthma, psoriasis plus eczema. There is an increased risk of respiratory infection plus it can take longer to recover from illness. Headaches, sore throat, congestion, coughing, sneezing plus difficulty sleeping are all signs of low humidity; Plus, dry air feels colder than officially moisturized air, leading to higher control device settings. The solution is a whole-home humidifier. I chose a steam-style humidifier that uses electrodes to turn water into steam. The steam is introduced into the air as it passes through the oil furnace. The moisture is circulated throughout the home to fix air quality! Every room is far more comfortable.