I have all sorts of complaints with the air quality of our house.
The winters in this section tend to last for approximately 6 weeks, and the temperature frequently dips into the downside digits. The air is naturally absolutely dry at this time of year and blasting the gas furnace makes it worse. The lack of reasonable humidity causes a long list of problems. All of us deal with chapped lips, frizzy hair, dry skin and sore throats. Because of overly dry nasal passages the people I was with and I are more at risk of respiratory infection and it takes longer to get over colds and flu. In the summer, the people I was with and I have the opposite problem. The excess humidity creates the ideal habitat for bacteria, mold, mildew and dust mites. All of us rely heavily on both the air conditioner and gas furnace, forcing us to keep the cabin sealed up narrow for the majority of the year. This eliminates ventilation and results in a stale and musty living environment. I’ve been looking into all odd types of air quality accessories, and I don’t know which would be best. A humidifier would be ideal for the Winter time conditions, but a dehumidifier would be better in the summer. All of us could absolutely use a ventilator to bring in fresh air all year round, but I’d also prefer to filter out air contaminants. An air purification system captures dust and other airborne allergens and kills viruses and bacteria. I’ve also considered the benefits of a germicidal UV lamp that would wash the air and protect the efficiency of the air conditioner. I’m planning to consult with an Heating and Air Conditioning professional, explain the situation and ask for a recommendation.