In the northeastern part of the country, the winter-like conditions last for a minimum of six months and often up to eight months.
We tend to accumulate around twelve to fifteen feet of snow each year.
The temperature remains well below freezing and frequently plummets into the negative digits. We are very dependent on our heating system. We run the furnace on maximum capacity non stop. As the furnace runs, it blows hot air into the rooms of the house and sucks moisture out of the air. The indoor environment becomes overly dry and leads to all sorts of problems. A lack of proper humidity makes the air feel colder. We then turn up the thermostat and make the issue worse. We put greater wear and tear on the furnace and increase the chance of malfunction. The heating system consumes more energy and results in higher monthly energy bills. There’s a negative impact on comfort, my budget and the environment. Overly dry air also creates health concerns. Frequent coughing, sneezing, sore throats, itchy eyes, headaches, bloody noses, chapped lips and frizzy hair can all be blamed on a lack of essential humidity. There is an increased risk of respiratory infection and the dry air aggravates symptoms of allergies, asthma, eczema and psoriasis. In the area where I live, a whole-house humidifier is nearly a necessity. I chose a steam-style humidifier because it easily handles a larger home. Plus, it converts water into steam for a very natural process. The humidifier introduces moisture back into the air as it passes through the furnace. It operates silently and requires only annual upkeep.