There’s a reason why air seems drier during cold weather than in the summer. That’s due to the fact warmer air carries extra moisture, or humidity, than colder air.
The same is true for your Kingston home. Starting your gas furnace makes your home 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 fix it.
Your Furnace’s Combustion Process is a share the Trouble
The fuel your furnace uses isn’t the culprit responsible for making your home’s air seem dry. Rather, it’s the way it combusts.
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 work. Because the furnace consistently requires air to burn, it will also draw in cold, dry air from outdoors, which in turn lowers your house’s humidity.
High-efficiency furnaces, also known as a sealed combustion furnace, are used for keeping your humidity balanced. They take all their combustion air from outside, but it stays locked inside the sealed furnace. As an additional bonus, they keep your residence more warm while requiring less energy. Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR® furnace from an old furnace might save you as much as 40% on heating costs, according to Lennox®.
Besides combustion, cold air also naturally flows into your home during the winter. Lower humidity means the air will rob moisture fast from your skin, lips, nose and throat. It also contributes to static electricity.
How to Stabilize Humidity in Your Residence
Using a humidifier is the best way to balance your house’s humidity when it’s cold. You have two methods, a portable humidifier or a whole-house humidifier. While a portable humidifier can only make one room pleasant at a time, a whole-house humidifier will generate that comfort throughout your residence.
These are just a few humidifier benefits you’ll receive when you put in a whole-home system.
Enhanced Health During Cold and Flu Season
It’s common that cold weather is the worst time for colds, flu and other sicknesses. That’s because you’re more likely to get sick when your nose and throat are dry. Under particular airflow conditions, air at the specific humidity level might also hamper the spread of some viruses. Also, it can help with year-round allergy symptoms.
Relief from Dry Skin
If you have constantly dry skin or eczema, you understand just how uncomfortable those conditions can be during winter. Getting a whole-house humidifier will help your skin hold onto more moisture.
Maintaining your bedroom at the preferred 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.
Defends the Wood in Your House
Cabinets, flooring, furniture and just about anything in your house that’s wood suffers when humidity is too low. This is because of the fact dry air absorbs moisture from the wood and causes it to split. Keeping your house’s humidity at the correct level will keep your residence’s furnishings looking their best.
Little Maintenance Needed
Between regular filter changes and constant refilling, portable humidifiers depend on a lot of upkeep. A whole-house humidifier only needs servicing about once a year, which can be performed in tandem with your furnace tune-up.
A steam humidifier has the least amount of maintenance since it doesn’t require a pad. It stores water in a canister and boils it into steam that gets moved through your ductwork. As it’s independently powered, it can run when the furnace isn’t running.
Book Your Free Home Comfort Consultation Right Away
If your home’s air feels less than pleasant during the winter, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Call us at 613-817-1591 to request a free home comfort consultation. There’s no sales tactics, just free Expert recommendations on how you can keep your home’s humidity at just the correct level. And, like our other services, our work is supported by our legendary 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for one year.*
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