I live in New England, where we mainly have frigid and snowy weather. During the winter, which lasts several months, humidity levels naturally drop – the cold air just doesn’t retain moisture like the warm air can. Ideal levels of humidity during the winter should stick around 45 percent, but between the outdoor weather conditions and constantly running the furnace, humidity levels inside tend to drop down to 15 percent. This leads to complications with house fixtures, personal health, comfort, and of course budget. Both the nose and throat are lined with moist membranes which are for capturing dirt, dust, viruses and bacteria – preventing these contaminants from reaching the lungs, and insufficient humidity dries out these membranes, making people more susceptible to an infection. However, overly dry air also causes complications with nasal passages, nosebleeds, and sore throats. Skin can easily dry out, which can lead to itching, flaking, painful cracking, painful chapped lips as well as flare-ups of eczema, acne or psoriasis. When the air is too dry, clothing will start to cling together due to the build-up of static electricity which can lead to little electric shocks when walking across the carpeting. As homes dry out, wood floors and moldings will expand and contract which may cause damage to such surfaces. Now also, because dry air typically feels colder even though it may not be, it tricks your thermostat into thinking so, which causes a much more expensive energy bill as well as puts more wear and tear on your heating unit. In order to try and avoid such an inconvenience and expenses, installing a home humidifier system will help out a ton. A humidifier restores moisture, enhances comfort, and creates an all around healthier home. There’s many options for types of humidifiers to accommodate what your home needs – I personally chose a bypass humidifier which uses the airflow created by the furnace to transfer moisture through the home. It provides roughly up 17 gallons of moisture every day, I can’t hear it running, and there is little maintenance on the unit as well.