In the part where I live, the Wintertide weather officially lasts eight weeks. The temperature is often below zero with a dangerous windchill. The snow piles up in drifts and there’s frequent school closings, blizzard warnings, and driving bans. Both of us spend a wonderful deal of time inside the house with the oil furnace running. The freezing Wintertide air is naturally easily dry. The constant blast of the gas furnace lowers humidity levels even further. The air inside the house quickly becomes so excessively dry that it causes concerns. Dry air feels cooler than officially moisturized air, leading to higher control unit settings. Bumping up the temperature setting puts more strain on the furnace, potentially resulting in more frequent malfunction and shortened lifespan. Plus, the furnace uses more energy, which is bad for the environment and our budget. The dry air sucks moisture from everything it touches, including skin, hair and house furnishings. Hardwood floors, moldings and antique furniture often dry out and crack. Frizzy hair, chapped lips, bloody noses and static shock are all consequences of insufficient humidity. Headaches, sore throat, itchy eye, frequent sneezing and coughing are symptoms of a dry air. A lack of moisture makes people more susceptible to respiratory infection and makes it more difficult to reclaim. A wonderful solution to all of these concerns is a whole-house humidifier. There are bypass, fan-style and steam-style humidifiers on the market, which cater to nearly all types of Heating and A/C systems and sizes of homes. Some partner with the furnace and others operate independently and allow more customized control. The humidifiers introduce necessary moisture back into the air to create a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment.