To some, they can handle the colder temperatures of winter, but the real problem comes with the drop in humidity and the unbearable dry air. It is hard on the body, and some people blame it on their furnace. The furnace looks like a solid suspect because the dry air coincides with turning it on, but it is not quite so simple.
While it seems a lot like your furnace is siphoning the humidity out of your home the same way an air conditioner does in the summer, that is actually not true. In the winter when the air in your home gets dry, it is because the furnace is bringing in more outside air.
The way a furnace works is that it brings in air, heats it, and pumps it into your home. This outside air is less humid than the air inside your home so the air inside your home becomes less humid. Furnaces can’t add humidity to the air it uses, so you will lose humidity.
If your home is suddenly getting drier during the winter time, it could just be a naturally less humid winter, but it could also be a sign of issues in your home. Typically if more outside air is getting in, it can lead to lower humidity levels inside. What this means is that there may be an air leak either in the home itself or in the duct system that is letting in more dry air. This can also coincide with higher energy bills as your furnace works harder to heat your home to a desired temperature, making the air even drier.
Obviously, the solution here is to get these potential problems fixed. However, for some households, installing a humidifier in the home for the winters can be a good option as well if there are no other contributing problems.
If you have questions about your furnace or are interested in having a humidifier installed, we encourage you to contact us today.