I suffer from an aggravating skin issue called psoriasis.  It mainly affects the elbows and knees, and can become red, itchy and painful.  My skin cells in these areas regenerate too suddenly, causing unseemly scaling and flaking.  No one completely knows what causes psoriasis, and there’s no known cure. There are lots of different types of treatments, which are often expensive and they always only help for a short time.  I’ve done my own research, and have figured out that overly dry air worsens our symptoms. Since I live in the northeastern area of the country, insufficient humidity is a big problem. Winter weather is always dry, and our cold season lasts approximately eight months.  The operation of the furnace only worsens the dry conditions. Some of the consequences of insufficient moisture include frizzy hair, chapped lips, headache, sore throat, itchy eyes, static shock, and worsened symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Plus, dry air feels colder and leads to higher thermostat settings, more strain on the furnace, and more expensive utility bills.  To combat all of these problems, I’ve installed a whole-home humidifier. I chose a steam-style humidifier, which is incorporated directly into the central heater but operates independently. I am able to regulate humidity levels to our preference and improve the health and comfort of our farm home. By maintaining optimum moisture, I’ve been able to lower the thermostat setting, trim costs, and reduce my problems with psoriasis.  The whole-home humidifier was not all that expensive to purchase and has really paid for itself. It only requires annual maintenance, runs quietly, and has made a big impact on the overall enjoyment of our farm home.