There’s a reason why air feels drier in the winter than in the summer. That’s due to the fact warmer air carries more moisture, or humidity, than colder air.
The same is true within your Albany home. Using your gas furnace makes your house feel warmer but can also dry out the indoor air. Dry air can transport a whole host of ailments, like dry skin, cracked lips and make you more susceptible to getting sick.
Here’s why your gas furnace dries out your house’s air and what you can do to combat it.
Your Furnace’s Combustion Process is Part of the Problem
The fuel your furnace uses isn’t the source responsible for making your house’s air appear dry. Rather, it’s the combustion process.
There are two different types of gas furnaces, standard and high efficiency. With an older standard furnace, you can detect light from the burners when it’s on. A newer, high-efficiency furnace is totally sealed.
A standard furnace, also called an atmosphere furnace, pulls air from inside your house to work. Because the furnace constantly relies on air to burn, it will also use cold, dry air from outdoors, which in turn affects your residence’s humidity.
High-efficiency furnaces, also referred to as a sealed combustion furnace, are better at keeping your humidity balanced. They pull all their combustion air from outside, but it stays contained inside the sealed furnace. As an extra bonus, they keep your home more cozy while requiring less energy. Switching to an ENERGY STAR® furnace from an old furnace could save you as much as 40% on heating costs, according to Lennox®.
In addition to combustion, cold air also naturally flows into your home during cold weather. Lower humidity means the air will rob moisture rapidly from your skin, lips, nose and throat. It also contributes to static electricity.
How to Balance Humidity in Your Residence
Using a humidifier is the preferred way to balance your residence’s humidity in the winter. You have two choices, a portable humidifier or a whole-house humidifier. While a portable humidifier can only make one room comfy at a time, a whole-house humidifier will transport that comfort across your home.
These are just a few humidifier benefits you’ll acquire when you install a whole-home system.
Improved Health During Cold and Flu Season
It’s typical that winter is the worst time for colds, flu and other ailments. That’s due to the fact you’re more apt to get sick when your nose and throat are dry. Under specific airflow conditions, air at the specific humidity level may also slow the spread of some viruses. Additionally, it can reduce year-round allergy symptoms.
Eases Dry Skin
If you have chronically dry skin or eczema, you know just how irritating those conditions make you during winter. Getting a whole-house humidifier will help your skin hold onto more moisture.
Preserving your bedroom at the right temperature and humidity level will keep you more comfortable at night. It can also help with loud snoring, since your throat and nose will be better hydrated.
Guards the Wood in Your House
Cabinets, flooring, furniture and just about anything in your residence that’s wood is affected when humidity is too low. This is because of the fact dry air pulls moisture from the wood and causes it to fracture. Balancing your home’s humidity at the proper level will keep your home’s furnishings looking their best.
Little Maintenance Necessary
Between steady filter changes and continual refilling, portable humidifiers expect a lot of upkeep. A whole-house humidifier only needs maintenance about once a year, which can be done at the same time as your furnace tune-up.
A steam humidifier has the least amount of maintenance since it doesn’t use a pad. It stores water in a canister and boils it into steam that gets moved through your ductwork. Since it’s independently powered, it can be in use when the furnace is off.
Request Your Free Home Comfort Consultation Now
If your house’s air feels less than cozy during cold weather, D.A. Bennett Service Experts can help. Call us at 518-205-3324 to set up a free home comfort consultation. There’s no sales tactics, just free Expert suggestions on how you can balance your residence’s humidity at just the proper level. And, like our other services, our work is protected by our legendary 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for one year.*
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