2 heating questions.
Furnace stages. We have a 2 stage variable speed American Standard furnace with an American Standard 2 stage programable thermostat. Since we're in an out of the house without a typical schedule, we don't program the thermostat, but manually make changes. The problem is that the first stage that comes on is the high stage, which blows really hard. First, shouldn't the lower stage come on first and then the more powerful stage only if necessary? Second, it seems that the lower stage is really sufficient. If so, is it possible to have the furnace or thermostat programmed to only work in the lower stage? Wouldn't longer lower runs increase comfort - especially in a house like mine: 100+ years old, somewhat leaky, with old ducting that leads to variable temps throughout the house?
Related somewhat is a humidity question. When the furnace blows the house gets uncomforably dry,with our throats getting itchy and our scalps dry. To remedy this we just got an aprilaire bypass humdifier installed. I haven't checked the humidity levels, but it's only the beginning of the heating season here in the northeast, and the heating is already drying us out. Would longer runs allow the humdifier to work longer, thereby increasing the humdity levels?