Because of the especially long as well as cold winters in my location, the gas furnace runs for approximately several weeks of the year. With temperatures often below freezing, the heating method carries a heavy workload. It’s necessary to keep the house sealed up tight. To avoid energy waste as well as reduce energy bills, I’ve installed thermal-pane, Energy Star rated windows. I’ve carefully caulked around the windows as well as weatherstripped the exterior doors. I’ve added a thick pad of insulation in the attic, walls as well as ceilings, and my efforts toil to prevent the heated air from escaping outdoors as well as the cold air from coming inside. However, I’ve also limited natural ventilation. In the winter, the air is naturally quite dry. With the gas furnace pumping out overheated air just about non stop, the low humidity level inside the beach house becomes problematic. Walking across the rug as well as getting a shock is a sign of insufficient wetness in the air, then frizzy hair, chapped lips as well as dry skin are also consequences. There are issues with hardwood floors, moldings, doors, furnishings as well as musical instruments cracking. The air can dry out nasal passages as well as aggravate symptoms of pollen irritations, breathing conditions, psoriasis as well as eczema. There is an increased risk of respiratory infection as well as it can take longer to reclaim from illness. Headaches, sore throat, congestion, hacking, sneezing as well as difficulty sleeping are all signs of low humidity, and plus, dry air feels colder than officially moisturized air, leading to higher thermostat settings. The solution is a whole-house 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 gas furnace. The moisture is moved throughout the beach house to fix indoor air pollen levels, every room is far more comfortable.