Pellet stoves are excellent heating implements. They burn very hot, heating large spaces to very toasty temperatures. They usually run on corn pellets, which is an easily-found and easily-burned "green" fuel source. The only downside to installing and using a pellet stove all winter is that the moisture levels in your home will be next to nil. If you talk with a heating contractor, like G K Mechanical (1997) Ltd, about installing a pellet stove, ask about the different ways you can keep the air moist.
Adding Moisture, Hunting-Cabin Style
If you own a hunting or vacationing cabin, then you know exactly what this humidifying technique is all about. You can either hang wet laundry about your home and allow the drying/dehumidifying effects from your pellet stove pull the moisture out of the clothes and into the air, or you can place bowls of water around the house and let them evaporate into the air. If you use the bowl method, then you can see how quickly your pellet stove is burning up the moisture in the air and make adjustments to the frequency with which you use the pellet stove as heat.
Humidifying Systems Added to Your Furnace
A plumber or a heating contractor can install these units. They attach directly to your regular furnace and are fed by small tubes of water from a nearby pipe. They release mists into the forced air current of your furnace, allowing the furnace's fan to carry the moistened air upward into your home. The only drawback to this method is that you will have to turn the furnace on low or find a way to activate the blower apart from the heating elements; otherwise, your home will be a greenhouse instead of a cozy place to snuggle.
These boxy floor cousins of the dehumidifier add moisture to the air rather than detract it. If you want to use your pellet stove solely to heat your home all season, then you will need a plug-in humidifier to make the air comfortable for your airway, sinus passages, and skin. (Without the humidifier running, the air will become so dry from the heat of your pellet stove that you could actually give yourself nosebleeds and upper respiratory problems.) These systems can be placed anywhere in your home where there is an electrical outlet. You will have to add several gallons of distilled water to them daily to get the proper moisture levels into your home environment.
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