Living in Wisconsin, it gets extremely dry in our house during the winter. It's 2 degrees right now, and my wife and I are a bit tired of having dry skin, shocking each other every time we touch, and having sore throats from the dryness.
I think a whole house humidifier is the answer to my dryness problems, but I see there are several kinds... steam and evaporator being the main two I've seen. Why would I choose one over the other? Is one better than the other?
The steam humidifier seems like it would be the better choice for actually getting a significant amount of moisture in the air. I'm assuming this kind would be more expensive to buy and install. Does the steam generator run all the time or just when it's needed? I hate to waste all sorts of electricity by generating steam all day long, even when the furnace isn't running.
It seems like most home supply stores have the evaporator kind of humidifiers. Do these actually work? They don't seem like much more than a bucket of water with a wet rag in 'em ;) They certainly are less expensive and look easy enough to install... but I don't want to bother with one if it doesn't solve my dryness problems.
Your input is appreciated!