A big strain on the furnace
I live in the severe northern section of the country, where the winters are long and exceptionally brutal. It’s not unregular to experience below chilly temperatures for multiple to several straight months. Not only is the outside air terribly cold, however it’s also entirely dry. If I spend any time outside, I end up with chapped lips and dry skin. Because of the severe weather, it’s necessary to run the oil furnace at maximum capacity for months at a time. The blast of heat further lowers humidity levels, leading to problems with overly dry air. Dry air pulls moisture from everything it touches, including skin, hair and even beach condo furnishings. Static shock is only 1 of multiple consequences. Frizzy hair, eczema, psoriasis, dried nasal passages, sore throat, headaches and itchy eyup are also symptoms of insufficient humidity. Plus, dry air makes people more susceptible to infection and makes it much more strenuous to get rid of a chilly or the flu. I have invested in a steam-style humidifier for our home. This type of humidifier uses electrodes to convert water into steam and introduces it into the air that passes through the oil furnace. The moisture is effectively spread throughout the house, and I’m able to regulate the humidity level to our preference. Properly humidified air feels much warmer than overly dry air. Because of the humidifier, our beach condo feels far more comfortable at lower thermostat settings. This not only trims both energy usage and our energy bills, however lessens strain on the gas furnace. I can expect the oil furnace to operate more reliably and last longer.