Considering I run my furnace for about six months straight, my house becomes extremely dry in the winter. The forced air heat extracts moisture from the air and creates insufficient moisture levels within the residence. This results in a great deal of problems and health concerns. A lack of moisture within the air feels much colder as opposed to properly moisturized air, which means that I always need to turn up the thermostat. Higher thermostat settings puts a much larger workload onto the furnace. It runs a great deal longer, uses more effort, costs more to operate and also wears out faster. Plus, the dry air is rather damaging to home furnishings, causing wood to crack. Since I actually have hardwood floors and moldings, and whole bunch of priceless antiques in my property, I hope to avoid any unnecessary damage. I’ve also noticed that dry air causes very itchy skin requires me to use more moisturizer. My hair gets very frizzy, lips get chapped, and I obtain frequent headaches. I’ve also read that after the air becomes too dry, people become more susceptible to all sorts of illness. When I’d finally had enough of the great deal of consequences from dry air, I contacted a local HVAC technician and invested in a humidifier. The humidifier didn’t cost too much, and was installed directly into the present HVAC unit, and allows me to regulate moisture levels in the house. It operates silently, needs bit of maintenance, and has definitely covered itself. The furnace doesn’t need to work as hard as it used to, and yet my house is completely comfortable. I certainly feel warmer, far healthier and happier. I no longer acquire a shock every time I walk over the carpet. I’ve been able to lower the thermostat setting because of the humidifier and it’s great.