The steam is introduced into the air as it passes through the oil furnace
Because of the especially long and frigid winters in my location, the oil furnace runs for approximately eight months of the year. With uneven temperatures often below freezing, the heating method carries a heavy workload. It’s necessary to keep the lake house sealed up tight. To avoid energy waste and reduce energy bills, I’ve installed thermal-pane, Energy Star rated windows. I’ve carefully caulked around the windows and weatherstripped the exterior doors. I’ve added a thick layer of insulation in the attic, walls and ceilings; My efforts task to prevent the heated air from escaping outdoors and the frigid air from coming inside. But, I’ve also limited natural ventilation. In the winter, the air is naturally quite dry. With the oil furnace pumping out hot air just about non stop, the low humidity level inside the home becomes problematic. Walking across the rug and getting a shock is a sign of terrible moisture in the air, and fuzzy hair, bloody noses and irritated skin are also consequences. There are concerns with hardwood floors, moldings, doors, furnishings and musical instruments cracking. The air can dry out nasal passages and aggravate symptoms of dust irritations, asthma, psoriasis and eczema. There is an increased risk of respiratory issues and it can take longer to recover from illness. Headaches, sore throat, congestion, coughing, sneezing and difficulty sleeping are all signs of low humidity… Plus, dry air feels colder than regularly moisturized air, leading to higher temperature control settings. The solution is a whole-lake house humidifier. I chose a steam-style humidifier that uses electrodes to turn water into steam. The steam is introduced into the air as it passes through the oil furnace. The moisture is circulated throughout the home to improve air quality… Every room is far more comfortable.