Originally posted by immystique:
Well, my company shares an office with another nonprofit that does "weatherization" for people who can't afford to fix their homes & make them energy efficient. I was visiting with their "head guy" the other day and he mentioned that any new furnace (about 5 years or newer) actually does not suck moisture out of the air, like the older ones do. So if you have a new(er) furnace, it's the cold weather that's sucking the air out of your house, not the furnace.
Of course, wood burning stoves are different, they WOULD sap the moisture out of the air. You just have to run the humidifier constantly, basically. And bathe her in the morning and evening, of course following up with her lotions!
I just want to toss something in here (without making this post about how a furnace works LOL). I am not sure if you misunderstood the guy who was talking to you about the newer furnaces but all furnaces work pretty much the same. The furnace sucks the air out of your home (this is what the cold air return vents in your home are for), it takes the air into the furnace and it heats it up which takes all of the moisture out of the air, and then it finally sends it back into your home though a heating vent. The heating if the air is what sucks the moisture out of the air so any furnace will take moisture out of the air because it is heating the air. Perhaps he was thinking that some new furnaces have humidifiers on them but I don't really find them efficient because the humidifier attached to the furnace only runs when your furnace runs. A room humidifier can be turned on at any time and run all of the time so it puts more moisture into the air than a humidifier that is on a furnace.
Phewww...I hope that made sence. That being said I just want to add one more comment and that is that my kids with Lamellar only get a bath twice a week or so. Our kids dry out with frequent bathing. If we gave them a bath everyday (let alone twice) they would be cracking and bleeding terribly. Some people with Lamellar do best with multiple baths a day and others don't...everyones different. I think I would keep whatever bathing routine works and instead of chaning it, I would just use the lotions and ointments a little more frequently to combat the dry air.
Best of Luck!!!