There’s a reason why air feels drier in the winter than in the summer. That’s due to the fact warmer air retains additional moisture, or humidity, than colder air.
The same is true for your Canada home. Starting your gas furnace makes your house feel warmer but can also dry out the indoor air. Dry air can carry 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 residence’s air and what you can do to fix it.
Your Furnace’s Combustion Process is a share the Issue
The fuel your furnace consumes isn’t the thing responsible for making your residence’s air feel dry. Rather, it’s the combustion procedures.
There are two different kinds of gas furnaces, standard and high efficiency. With an older standard furnace, you can notice light from the burners when it’s running. A newer, high-efficiency furnace is entirely sealed.
A standard furnace, also called an atmosphere furnace, pulls air from inside your residence to function. Because the furnace constantly relies on air to burn, it will also use cold, dry air from outdoors, which in turn affects your home’s humidity.
High-efficiency furnaces, also referred to as a sealed combustion furnace, are better at keeping your humidity even. They pull all their combustion air from outside, but it stays locked inside the sealed furnace. As another bonus, they keep your house more comfortable while needing less energy. Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR® furnace from an old furnace can save you as much as 40% on heating costs, according to Lennox®.
Besides combustion, cold air also naturally moves into your house during the winter. Decreased humidity means the air will steal moisture fast from your skin, lips, nose and throat. It also causes static electricity.
How to Even Out Humidity in Your Residence
Using a humidifier is the preferred way to balance your house’s humidity when it’s cold. You have two options, a portable humidifier or a whole-house humidifier. While a portable humidifier can only make one room comfortable at a time, a whole-house humidifier will transport that comfort around your residence.
These are just a few humidifier benefits you’ll acquire when you put in a whole-home system.
Improved Health During Cold and Flu Season
It’s common that cold weather is the worst time for colds, flu and other illnesses. That’s due to the fact you’re more susceptible to end up sick when your nose and throat are dry. Under particular airflow conditions, air at the right humidity level may also resist the spread of some viruses. In addition, it can weaken year-round allergy symptoms.
Eases Dry Skin
If you have chronically dry skin or eczema, you realize just how uncomfortable those conditions make you during winter. Getting a whole-house humidifier will help your skin hold onto more moisture.
Maintaining your bedroom at the ideal temperature and humidity level will keep you cozy at night. It can also alleviate loud snoring, since your throat and nose will be better hydrated.
Guards the Wood in Your Home
Cabinets, flooring, furniture and basically anything in your house that’s wood suffers when humidity is too low. This is due to the fact dry air absorbs moisture from the wood and causes it to fracture. Balancing your residence’s humidity at the correct level will keep your residence’s furnishings looking their best.
Little Maintenance Necessary
Between consistent filter changes and continuous refilling, portable humidifiers demand a lot of upkeep. A whole-house humidifier only needs servicing about once a year, which can be done alongside your furnace tune-up.
A steam humidifier has the smallest amount of maintenance since it doesn’t need a pad. It stores water in a canister and boils it into steam that gets distributed through your ductwork. Because it’s independently powered, it can be in use when the furnace is off.
Book Your Free Home Comfort Consultation Right Away
If your home’s air feels less than comfy during cold weather, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Call us at 866-397-3787 to set up a free home comfort consultation. There’s no pressure, just free Expert suggestions on how you can keep your home’s humidity at just the right level. And, like our other services, our work is backed by our legendary 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for one year.*
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