The weather in Glenview, Illinois, is cold and snowy for more than half the year.
With the heating method blasting, the indoor air can become especially dry, and insufficient humidity makes the air think colder, encouraging higher thermostat settings, and this adds to the demands on the furnace, accelerates wear and tear and can lead to expensive repairs, plus, bi-weekly utility bills are more expensiveâ€¦ Overly dry air can be blamed for itchy skin, persistent cough, constant sneezing, itchy eyep, sore throat and chapped lips.
It dries out nasal passages, increases susceptibility to colds and flu and lengthens recovery times from illness; For anyone with eczema, psoriasis, asthma or dust sensitivities, low humidity aggravates symptoms. It also downsidely impacts sleep. The recommended relative humidity level for the sleep environment is between 40 and 60%. In Glenview, our conditions fall way below the recommended level in the winter. I initially tried making an improvement with portable humidifiers. I found that these devices are a lot of work. I needed to make filling the reservoir area of our bi-weekly routine. I also was required to disinfect the humidifier constantly to avoid introducing bacteria and pathogens into our breathing air, because we have hard water, I had to use distilled water in the humidifiers. I finally contacted an Heating and A/C business in Glenview and invested into a whole-house humidifier. The accessory works to introduce necessary moisture into the air as it passes through the furnace. Because of it, I’ve been able to lower the thermostat settings and save currency every week. It requires only annual service from an Heating and A/C business.