There’s a reason why air appears drier in the winter than when it’s warmer. That’s due to the fact warmer air holds extra moisture, or humidity, than colder air.
The same is true within your Shreveport residence. Using your gas furnace makes your house feel warmer but can also dry out the indoor air. Dry air can transport a whole host of ailments, such as dry skin, cracked lips and make you more exposed to getting sick.
Here’s why your gas furnace dries out your home’s air and what you can do to counter it.
Your Furnace’s Combustion Procedures are Part of the Trouble
The fuel your furnace consumes isn’t the culprit responsible for making your house’s air appear 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 detect light from the burners when it’s running. A newer, high-efficiency furnace is tightly sealed.
A standard furnace, also called an atmosphere furnace, pulls air from inside your residence to work. Because the furnace consistently relies on air to burn, it will also use cold, dry air from outdoors, which in turn lowers your house’s humidity.
High-efficiency furnaces, also known as a sealed combustion furnace, are best for keeping your humidity even. They pull all their combustion air from outside, but it stays locked in the sealed furnace. As an additional perk, they keep your house more warm while consuming less energy. Moving to an ENERGY STAR® furnace from an old furnace can 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 colder weather. Decreased humidity means the air will rob moisture fast from your skin, lips, nose and throat. It also contributes to static electricity.
How to Balance Humidity in Your Residence
Using a humidifier. While a portable humidifier can only make one room comfortable at a time, a whole-house humidifier will transport that comfort throughout your home.
These are just a couple humidifier benefits you’ll receive when you switch to a whole-home system.
Improved Health During Cold and Flu Season
It’s no surprise winter is the worst time for colds, flu and other ailments. That’s since you’re more susceptible to get sick when your nose and throat are dry. Under certain airflow conditions, air at the specific humidity level might also restrict the spread of some viruses. Also, it can alleviate year-round allergy symptoms.
Relief from Dry Skin
If you have consistently dry skin or eczema, you know just how aggravating those conditions can be during winter. Installing a whole-house humidifier will help your skin hold onto more moisture.
Maintaining your bedroom at the right temperature and humidity level will keep you comfortable at night. It can also alleviate loud snoring, since your throat and nose will be better hydrated.
Protects the Wood in Your Home
Cabinets, flooring, furniture and most anything in your residence that’s wood is affected when humidity is too low. This is a result of the fact dry air moves moisture from the wood and causes it to split. Having your home’s humidity at the proper level will keep your home’s furnishings looking their best.
Little Maintenance Needed
Between frequent filter changes and constant refilling, portable humidifiers demand a lot of upkeep. A whole-house humidifier only needs a tune-up about once a year, which can be done at the same time as your furnace tune-up.
A steam humidifier has the lowest amount of maintenance since it doesn’t need a pad. It retains water in a canister and boils it into steam that gets distributed through your ductwork. Because it’s independently powered, it can work when the furnace isn’t running.
Request Your Free Home Comfort Consultation Now
If your residence’s air feels less than cozy during the winter, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Call us at 318-588-8163 to arrange a free home comfort consultation. There’s no pressure, just free Expert recommendations on how you can balance your house’s humidity at just the proper level. And, like our other services, our work is supported by our well-known 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for one year.*
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