I tried fixing the problem with a portable humidifier.
In my local area, the cold weather lasts for the majority of the year. It’s not unusual to run the furnace for eight months or more. We expect temperatures below freezing for months at a time and often experience sub zero conditions. The air outside and inside becomes extremely dry. The lack of humidity in the house causes some problems. Dry air feels colder than properly moisturized air, encouraging higher thermostat settings. Every time we raise the temperature on the thermostat, the furnace needs to work harder. It experiences more wear and tear, consumes more energy and results in higher utility bills. There is an increased risk of heating system malfunction. The dry air pulls moisture out of everything it touches, including wood furnishings. Hardwood floors, moldings, doors, musical instruments, picture frames and antiques are at risk of cracking. Family members complain of frizzy hair, chapped lips, dry skin and static shock. Because the air dries out nasal passages, occupants of the house are at a higher risk of developing respiratory infections. It takes longer to recover from a cold or flu. Insufficient humidity can be blamed for sneezing, coughing, headaches, congestion and aggravated symptoms of allergies, asthma, psoriasis and eczema. I tried fixing the problem with a portable humidifier. The unit didn’t provide enough moisture to make a difference and yet I was constantly required to fill the reservoir with water. I finally invested in a whole-home humidifier that is installed in the heating system and adds moisture to the air as it passes through. I chose a steam-style humidifier that operates independently from the furnace, allowing me to customize performance.