When I was a child I always loved running around the house shuffling my feet across the floor in order to build up static electricity so that I could shock my younger brother or sisters. Then it became a game and we would have fun for about half an hour. Now that I am older, the static electric buildup isn’t nearly as fun as it was when I was a child. In fact now the dry air can be quite irritating.
Dry air is responsible for itchy and dry skin, sinuses, bronchitis, dry throat, and other potential health ailments. Plus, it can cause your hardwood floors to dry out which could lead to costly home repairs.
Today, I wanted to share with you 6 ways to add humidity to your home during the wintertime when the air naturally dry.
Use a Humidifier
A humidifier is a great way to add moisture to your home when you furnace is constantly running in the winter time. The more your furnace is running the more dry your air is going to be if you aren’t adding enough moisture back into the air. Pick a humidifier that is right for your home and follow the manufactures instructions. If possible, use distilled water to help prevent mold growth and be sure to clean on a regular basis. You do have to be careful, adding too much moisture to the air can cause mold growth too. Use it when the air is super dry and only run it for several hours.
When you notice that the air is getting dry in your home, you can take a bath. Bathing helps put more moisture back into the air than showering. If you don’t have young children or you can lock the bathroom door so that they can’t have access to the bathtub, you can allow your bath water to stay in the tub until it cools off completely. This will allow the water to continue evaporating as it cools off.
Cook on the Stove Top
Do you ever remember your grandmother using a tea kettle during the winter time? I remember my grandmother would often put water in the tea kettle and I don’t remember her ever using it to pour a cup of tea. Instead, she was using to help put moisture back in the air. Plus, once the water is hot you can have a cup of tea, instant coffee, or even hot cocoa. As you cook foods on your stove top, you will probably notice steam rising in the air during the winter time. This steam is releasing moisture into the air. Try using the stove top as much as possible during the winter especially if you don’t have a humidifier. Using the oven actually pulls moisture out of the air due to the high temperatures.
Use a Drying Rack to Dry Your Clothes Overnight
As you start noticing low humidity inside of your home, you can break out a drying rack. The drying rack will allow your clothes to dry without the costs associated with running the dryer. Simply lay out your damp clothing overnight and as your heater comes on at night it will help dry your clothes.
Get Several Potted Plants
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Keep several potted plants in your home. Not only will they help increase the oxygen in your home. But they also help add moisture to your home when you add water to them. Make sure that you don’t over water them. Over-watering plants can lead to mold growth, which can trigger allergies and asthma.
Get a Fish Tank
I had a fish tank about 10 years ago and I loved having it in my house. The fish tank will naturally add moisture to the air as the water evaporates. Plus, it is fun watching the fish swim around and running water is naturally calming. Make sure that you keep the tank clean to avoid algae growth. I always kept a few bottom feeders in the bottom of my tank to eat any food that ended up settling at the bottom of the tank and waste from the fish.
Dry air can wreck havoc on your home and your body. Use these 6 ways to add humidity to your home during the winter when the air is naturally dry.
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