There’s a reason why air seems drier during cold weather than when it’s hotter. That’s because warmer air retains extra moisture, or humidity, than colder air.
The same is true within your Medina 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, including dry skin, cracked lips and make you more susceptible to getting sick.
Here’s why your gas furnace dries out your home’s air and what you can do to combat it.
Your Furnace’s Combustion Process is a share the Trouble
The fuel your furnace needs isn’t the thing responsible for making your home’s air feel dry. Rather, it’s the combustion procedures.
There are two different types of gas furnaces, standard and high efficiency. With an older standard furnace, you can see light from the burners when it’s heating. A newer, high-efficiency furnace is completely sealed.
A standard furnace, also known as an atmosphere furnace, draws air from inside your house to function. Because the furnace constantly relies on air to burn, it will also pull cold, dry air from outdoors, which in turn lowers your residence’s humidity.
High-efficiency furnaces, also referred to as a sealed combustion furnace, are best for keeping your humidity even. They pull all their combustion air from outside, but it stays locked inside the sealed furnace. As another perk, they keep your residence more comfy while using less energy. Switching to an ENERGY STAR® furnace from an old furnace can save you as much as 40% on heating costs, according to Lennox®.
Other than combustion, cold air also naturally moves into your house during colder weather. Decreased humidity means the air will steal moisture rapidly from your skin, lips, nose and throat. It’s also to blame for static electricity.
How to Stabilize Humidity in Your House
Using a humidifier. While a portable humidifier can only make one room comfortable at a time, a whole-house humidifier will generate that comfort across your residence.
These are just a small number of humidifier benefits you’ll acquire when you put in a whole-home system.
Better Health During Cold and Flu Season
It’s typical that winter is the worst time for colds, flu and other sicknesses. That’s due to the fact you’re more likely to get sick when your nose and throat are dry. Under particular airflow conditions, air at the right humidity level can also hamper the spread of some viruses. Additionally, it can help with year-round allergy symptoms.
Soothes Dry Skin
If you have constantly dry skin or eczema, you realize just how irritating those conditions can be during winter. Installing a whole-house humidifier will help your skin hold onto more moisture.
Keeping your bedroom at the ideal temperature and humidity level will keep you cozy at night. It can also decrease loud snoring, since your throat and nose will be better hydrated.
Defends the Wood in Your House
Cabinets, flooring, furniture and generally anything in your home that’s wood suffers when humidity is too low. This is due to the fact dry air moves moisture from the wood and causes it to split. Having your house’s humidity at the right level will keep your home’s furnishings looking their best.
Little Maintenance Necessary
Between steady filter changes and constant refilling, portable humidifiers require a lot of upkeep. A whole-house humidifier only needs maintenance about once a year, which can be done alongside your furnace tune-up.
A steam humidifier has the lowest amount of maintenance since it doesn’t use a pad. It retains water in a canister and boils it into steam that gets distributed through your ductwork. Since it’s independently powered, it can be in use when the furnace is off.
Book Your Free Home Comfort Consultation Today
If your house’s air feels less than comfy during colder weather, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Call us at 330-305-2799 to set up a free home comfort consultation. There’s no pressure, just free Expert suggestions on how you can balance your house’s humidity at just the correct level. And, like our other services, our work is backed by our famous 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for one year.*
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