For years, I was reluctant to invest in a whole-home humidifier. Despite the overly dry air inside my home, it seemed unnecessary. I had spent a fortune on the installation of a new furnace, and my monthly heating bills were a frustrating expense. Because I live in the northern part of the country, the furnace runs for approximately eight months straight every year. Even an extremely energy efficient heater dictates about sixty percent of my utility bills. I really didn’t want to pay more money just to have winter comfort. When I finally did some research into humidifiers, I realized that it was possible to actually save money. Insufficient moisture in the air was actually making the house feel cooler, prompting me to adjust the setting on the thermostat and forcing the furnace to work harder. With optimum relative humidity, I feel comfortable at reduced temperature settings, which lowers electricity usage and helps me save on monthly bills. Adding necessary humidity to the air has also improved the condition of my hair and skin. I no longer battle frizzy hair, chapped lips, dry skin, sore throat, itchy vision and constant coughing. My residence feels cleaner and healthier, and I definitely sleep better during the night. I chose a steam-style humidifier because it is capable of introducing above thirty gallons of moisture to the air every day. Having a significantly large house, I needed a humidifier that could meet the demand effectively. The steam-style humidifier uses electrodes to evolve water into steam, operates extremely quietly, and requires hardly any maintenance. Partnering the humidifier with the furnace has greatly improved my winter comfort.