What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

That Dry Winter Air

We were very lucky at the start of the 2010-2011 heating season that it was unseasonably mild here.  We used the gas fireplace for much of the heating turning on the furnace only to be sure everything was working fine.  It's a good thing we did as there was a bit of a problem but we solved that quite quickly with minimal expense.  

When the winter sets in here we suffer from dry house sydrome!  Everything from nasal membranes to hair, anything wood and pretty much everything feels the effect of the dry air.  Walking across the carpet is enough to set off a round of static electricity zaps when touching anything.  The only neat part is the eerie greenish lights caused by the static electricity at night.  To counteract the effects of the dry winter air, we installed a new furnace humidifier about this time last year.  While the humidity level is still lower in the house it is more comfortable.  Of course on days we only use the gas fireplace the air looses moisture but it takes a few days to get uncomfortable.   This time of year we can only go a day or two or even just the afternoon without having the furnace on.

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