Improve Winter Humidity in Your Home, Simple and Easy
As the temperature drops outside, people are more apt to put their indoor heating on, which keeps it warm and comfortable and dries out the air considerably. People may experience more painful dry, chapped skin, cracked lips, and flyaway hair in the winter months as they are struck with the double trouble of cold winds and dry heat. Besides surface cosmetic problems, the lack of humidity indoors can also increase the chances of getting sick.
If your home is not equipped with a central humidifier system, you need to find other ways to add moisture to the air around you and your family. Luckily, there are plenty of cheap ways to do so.
Put a few of these ideas into practice. Everyone in your home, including pets will be more comfortable, houseplants will stay healthier, and you may avoid costly problems due to wood furniture and fixtures drying and cracking.
So, take a look at these five simple ways to improve winter humidity in your home.
1. Plug-in Humidifiers Work Wonders
Many people have portable humidifiers if they have children because they help with croup and overall comfort, especially when the child is congested. These machines can be just as useful for everyone else in the house as well. Place one in each bedroom and even in the living room to improve the air’s moisture content.
Some safety precautions must be followed. For example, avoid hot steam or put the humidifier on a cooler setting and make sure the steam is not directed at walls or furniture.
2. Consider Your Laundry
People who enjoy hanging their laundry outside in the warm spring and summer months may turn to the electric or gas dryer when the weather turns cold. If you have a problem maintaining proper moisture levels in your home, hanging some laundry up around the house can help.
Although you do not want damp clothing draped on every surface, it is quite easy to hang some shirts or blouses on hangers and hook them over door frames. They will dry quickly in the dry house air, and your home’s humidity level will rise.
3. Increase Humidity in Room with Plants
Unless you prefer the look of a desert cactus garden, having houseplants can improve the humidity in your home. Keep in mind that the plants themselves can suffer in low humidity areas, so it is important to keep up the practice of watering and spritzing them appropriately.
Always follow the specific care instructions for the type of plant you have. Water more frequently, spritz with a light mist of water, or rest them in a tray with pebbles and water in it to increase their bubble of moisture.
4. Just Plain Water
If the air in your home is particularly dry or you do not have houseplants or laundry to hang around, direct water use can help. Take some bowls or shallow dishes and set them securely on counters and table, preferably near heating vents and radiators. Pour a bit of water into each and allow the power of evaporation to work its magic. Make sure to keep these clean and add more water regularly.
You can also boil a large pot of water on the stove a few times a day to release moisture.
Use a spritz bottle and squirt a fine mist into the air in the center of the room can work as well.
While taking a bath or shower, open the door and let the steam spread its excess moisture throughout the extended areas. Do not drain the bathwater immediately after a good soak.
All of these techniques can help add humidity to a dry winter house. Try one or adopt them all to increase comfort, protect your skin and mucous membranes, and maintain health throughout the months where people spend a lot more time inside.
If you would like more information on the best ways to improve winter humidity in your home, get in touch with the team at All A’s Plumbing and Heating. We will be happy to help you.