In my city, the long and cold winters come with the territory. By September 21st, it’s necessary to start up the heating unit. The heating system remains operational for six to eight straight months, and helps with temperatures well below zero. To dodge paying a fortune in energy bills, it’s good to tighten up the house and stop any leaks. As a result of the dry winter air, lack of ventilation and furnace blasting dry warmth, humidity levels inside the home begin to decline. The superior relative humidity for a healthy, cozy home lies between forty and fifty percent. During the colder months, to avoid condensation forming on windows, humidity levels should be reduced to lower than forty percent. The humidity level in my home without a humidifier was twenty percent, and the dry air leeched moisture from everything it touched. I ended up with dry, itchy skin, damage to wood furnishings, and got sick more easily. Plus, as moisture is drawn off the body, it makes us feel chillier. We then turn up the temperature, which leads to expensive monthly energy bills. To combat the negative effects of super dry air, I installed a whole-home humidifier which works in conjunction with the existing furnace. The humidifier works by itself to introduce essential moisture and foster ideal relative humidity. As a result, I’ve been able to turn down the temperature several degrees and stay warmer! Because the furnace now functions more smoothly, I can expect it to operate under less stress and last longer. In the midst of winter, a whole-home humidifier is as helpful as a dependable heating system.