Orland Park, Illinois is well-known for the harsh winter weather.
We expect temperatures in the low teens or even below zero.
We often set records for the amount of snow accumulation and severity of the wind chill. It can be dangerous to spend much time outdoors. We are forced to remain inside and rely on the furnace for more than six months of the year. When the weather is cold, the air doesn’t contain as much moisture. The lack of humidity can create some problems inside the house. Static shock, chapped lips and frizzy hair are some of the consequences. There are also health concerns, such as aggravated symptoms of asthma, allergies, psoriasis and eczema. Sore throat, difficulty sleeping, migraines, congestion, sneezing and coughing can often be blamed on insufficient moisture. Overly dry air can cause hardwood floors to crack and squeak. It can damage hardwood doors, moldings, antiques and musical instruments. Plus, dry air feels colder than properly humidified air, leading to higher thermostat settings and more expensive heating bills. The added demands on the furnace increases wear and tear, the risk of malfunction and need for premature replacement. I’ve realized that living in Orland Park means needing a whole-home humidifier. We chose a steam-style humidifier that adds a very natural-style of moisture into the heated air before it enters the various rooms. The unit operates silently and allows customization of humidity levels. It requires only annual maintenance. I have it serviced during the fall, at the same time as the furnace. Because of the humidifier, I’ve been able to lower the thermostat setting and yet the entire living space feels more comfortable.