There’s a reason why air feels drier in the winter than when it’s hotter. That’s since warmer air retains extra moisture, or humidity, than colder air.
The same is true for your Naples residence. Using your gas furnace makes your residence feel warmer but can also dry out the indoor air. Dry air can transport 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 house’s air and what you can do to combat it.
Your Furnace’s Combustion Procedures are a Portion of the Trouble
The fuel your furnace consumes isn’t the thing responsible for making your home’s air feel dry. Rather, it’s the combustion procedures.
There are two different styles of gas furnaces, standard and high efficiency. With an older standard furnace, you can detect light from the burners when it’s working. A newer, high-efficiency furnace is totally sealed.
A standard furnace, also known as an atmosphere furnace, takes air from inside your home to work. Because the furnace continuously relies on air to burn, it will also draw in cold, dry air from outdoors, which in turn affects your residence’s humidity.
High-efficiency furnaces, also called a sealed combustion furnace, are better at keeping your humidity balanced. They pull all their combustion air from outside, but it stays locked within the sealed furnace. As an extra perk, they keep your home more comfortable while consuming less energy. Switching to an ENERGY STAR® furnace from an old furnace might save you as much as 40% on heating costs, according to Lennox®.
In addition to combustion, cold air also naturally drifts into your home during the winter. Reduced humidity means the air will rob 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 is the best way to manage your house’s humidity in the winter. 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 generate that comfort throughout your house.
These are just a small number of humidifier benefits you’ll acquire when you install a whole-home system.
Enhanced Health During Cold and Flu Season
It’s typical that winter is the worst time for colds, flu and other illnesses. That’s because you’re more susceptible 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. In addition, it can help with year-round allergy symptoms.
Eases Dry Skin
If you have constantly dry skin or eczema, you understand just how aggravating those conditions are during winter. Adding a whole-house humidifier will help your skin retain more moisture.
Maintaining your bedroom at the right 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.
Protects the Wood in Your Residence
Cabinets, flooring, furniture and most anything in your house that’s wood is affected when humidity is too low. This is because of the fact dry air draws moisture from the wood and causes it to crack. Having your residence’s humidity at the proper level will keep your residence’s furnishings looking their best.
Little Maintenance Needed
Between consistent filter changes and continual refilling, portable humidifiers require a lot of upkeep. A whole-house humidifier only needs maintenance about once a year, which can be done along with your furnace tune-up.
A steam humidifier has the smallest amount of maintenance since it doesn’t use a pad. It holds water in a canister and boils it into steam that gets distributed through your ductwork. Because it’s independently powered, it can run when the furnace is off.
Request Your Free Home Comfort Consultation Right Away
If your residence’s air feels less than pleasant during the winter, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Call us at 239-908-6991 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 right level. And, like our other services, our work is backed by our well-known 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for one year.*
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