There’s a reason why air feels drier during cold weather than in the summer. That’s since warmer air holds additional moisture, or humidity, than colder air.
The same is true inside your Mobile home. Starting your gas furnace makes your residence feel warmer but can also dry out the indoor air. Dry air can carry a whole host of ailments, such as dry skin, cracked lips and make you more likely to get sick.
Here’s why your gas furnace dries out your residence’s air and what you can do to combat it.
Your Furnace’s Combustion Steps are a share the Issue
The fuel your furnace consumes isn’t the thing responsible for making your home’s air feel dry. Rather, it’s the combustion process.
There are two different styles of gas furnaces, standard and high efficiency. With an older standard furnace, you can notice light from the burners when it’s heating. A newer, high-efficiency furnace is totally sealed.
A standard furnace, also called an atmosphere furnace, takes air from inside your residence to combust. Because the furnace continuously needs air to burn, it will also draw in cold, dry air from outdoors, which in turn reduces your residence’s humidity.
High-efficiency furnaces, also called a sealed combustion furnace, are best for keeping your humidity even. They pull all their combustion air from outdoors, but it stays contained in the sealed furnace. As an additional advantage, they keep your home more comfy while needing 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®.
Besides combustion, cold air also naturally drifts into your home during the winter. Reduced humidity means the air will steal moisture quickly from your skin, lips, nose and throat. It also contributes to static electricity.
How to Even Out Humidity in Your Residence
Using a humidifier is the best 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 across your house.
These are just a few humidifier benefits you’ll acquire when you switch to a whole-home system.
Better Health During Cold and Flu Season
It’s common that cold weather is the worst time for colds, flu and other sicknesses. That’s since you’re more susceptible to end up sick when your nose and throat are dry. Under specific airflow conditions, air at the right humidity level might also slow the spread of some viruses. Also, it can help with year-round allergy symptoms.
Soothes Dry Skin
If you have consistent dry skin or eczema, you know just how irritating those conditions make you during winter. Adding a whole-house humidifier will help your skin retain more moisture.
Preserving your bedroom at the ideal temperature and humidity level will keep you cozy at night. It can also decrease loud snoring, since your throat and nose will be better hydrated.
Protects the Wood in Your Home
Cabinets, flooring, furniture and basically anything in your home that’s wood suffers when humidity is too low. This is due to the fact dry air moves moisture from the wood and causes it to crack. Keeping your home’s humidity at the right level will keep your residence’s furnishings looking their best.
Little Maintenance Necessary
Between regular 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 completed in tandem with your furnace tune-up.
A steam humidifier has the smallest amount of maintenance since it doesn’t require a pad. It stores water in a canister and boils it into steam that gets distributed through your ductwork. As it’s independently powered, it can work when the furnace is off.
Request Your Free Home Comfort Consultation Now
If your house’s air feels less than cozy during colder weather, Climate Control Service Experts can help. Call us at 251-202-7503 to arrange a free home comfort consultation. There’s no pressure, just free Expert suggestions on how you can maintain your house’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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