I have relied more on burning wood than ever before. I also have a small house, so with that in mind my results vary. I get condensation at the windows because it has no place to go. The water vapor from cooking, showers and home entry makes this condensation more on the wet side. I don't think its bad because I don't feel ir or seem to but in yrs. past I did notice lower areas of the house were always cool and here the vapor may have collected in undesired ways, especially on furniture. Living rural and dust is common and that can lead to bad things. I try to keep a clean home and find I have to disinfect(simple wipe down) the furniture so I don't get that snuffly nose plus all that cat dander too. It seems the more I insulate the home, the better it gets or the humidity level rises higher and all this as I don't try to humidify the home. I have an older furnace of the last type before the super-efficient ones came around. I think its 80% rated. You can pretty much tell if a new high efficient furnace is installed, because the exhaust is plastic pipe, rather than stove type pipe. it has to be as the humidity exhausted is high water vapor and easily corrode metal over time. Also, I have non-covered crawl space which has some humidity too but here i left that way because I see no damage and because I'm so close to rock surface I have residual heat as if by design that helps maintain water pipes from freezing(it works) up to a point, even in this climate now. As long as the foundation is sealed off, no drafts.
As for flu, I try more than ever to prepare and eat and sleep and all that right stuff. I don't push my luck anymore, because I get pooped too quick out in the cold as it is. I honker down as it were and seems to work at least for me. -----Willy plenty of hot coffee
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