Living in the northern part of the country presents some unique challenges.
We endure very severe winter weather. The cold weather typically arrives by early September, requiring us to start up the heating system. The temperature remains below freezing and often falls below zero for six to eight straight months. With the high cost of energy bills, it’s necessary to tighten up the house as much as possible. We can’t afford to allow our heated air to escape outside. I’ve made it my mission to seal up any cracks, leaks or imperfections in the thermal envelope. I’ve invested in caulk, weatherstripping, insulation and new windows. I also hired an HVAC contractor to install a whole-home dehumidifier to partner with the furnace. The air in the winter is naturally dry. The furnace tends to make the problem worse. Overly dry air feels much colder than properly moisturized air, prompting higher thermostat settings, greater wear and tear on the furnace, and more costly energy bills. Plus, a lack of humidity is a health threat. Respiratory infections, flu-like symptoms, headaches and difficulty sleeping can all be blamed on dry air. Frizzy hair, chapped lips and static shock are additional consequences. It’s also more difficult to recover from illness. The steam-style humidifier works independently from the furnace and introduces necessary moisture into the air. It makes very little noise, requires only yearly service and easily handles the needs of the whole home. It uses electrodes to turn water into steam and offers very gentle and natural humidification. Because of the humidifier, I’ve been able to lower the thermostat setting and still enjoy a more comfortable home.
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