There’s nothing like dry skin and chapped lips to remind us how dry the air is inside our homes in winter. Fortunately, there are some easy solutions to raise your home humidity.
Suggestions for Use Throughout the Whole House
Let’s begin by looking at few approaches to tackle the dry air problem throughout the entire home.
Use a Humidifier
Our first suggestion is the most obvious one. But it’s obvious for a reason. Humidifiers do an excellent job of increasing humidity. They require no technical knowledge. They’re safe. They’re convenient.
The one thing that you must remember to do for your humidifier is to keep it clean. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely on how and how often to clean it. Otherwise, it becomes an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
Our top suggestion is also our most expensive one. If you want to take a more economical route, keep reading.
Place Bowls of Water on Heating Vents
This is an extremely low-tech solution that works. Put water bowls on your floor-mounted heating vents. When the water warms, evaporation will increase, raising the humidity.
You’ll need to use bowls that hold heat such as ceramic and metal containers.
Add More Houseplants
Increase not only your home’s humidity but also its charm and good looks by positioning potted plants throughout your home. The plants will release moisture into the air through their leaves. In fact, most of the water that a plant consumes is expelled into the air.
Any plant will help, but big leafy plants like philodendron are typically the best. You can still decorate your home with cacti, but don’t expect them to add much to the humidity.
One word of caution: You can’t make the plants release additional moisture by giving them extra water. Follow your garden center’s recommendation to keep your plants safe and healthy.
Dry Your Clothes on a Drying Rack
There’s quite a bit of water in freshly washed clothes. Use that water to your advantage by drying your clothes on a drying rack. The air will receive moisture for hours.
Suggestions for the Kitchen
Most families spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. You can make that time count by doing a couple of things that will raise the humidity.
Boil Water on the Stove
One of the ways your great grandmother kept her house comfortable in the winter was by boiling water on the stove. It’s just that simple and still works today.
However, any time you plan to leave something unattended on the stove it’s a good idea to make sure that you set a timer to remind you to check on things. You should also have a working smoke detector in your kitchen.
Don’t Immediately Drain Dishwater
If you wash dishes in the sink using hot water, let the water remain in the sink until it cools.
Let Dishes Air Dry
Whether you wash dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, you can increase the moisture in the air by allowing the dishes to dry on their own.
Suggestions for the Bathroom
There are simple ways to use your daily routine in the bathroom to improve humidity.
Open Your Shower Door
Don’t let all that humidity in the shower go to waste. Share it by leaving your shower door and bathroom door open.
Don’t Clean the Tub … Yet
There’s another use for all that hot water remaining in your tub after your bath. It can raise the humidity level. Simply leave the water in the tub until it cools. Meanwhile, open the bathroom door.
As you can see, it’s not difficult to add moisture to your home. However, if you need additional guidance, speak to a professional. For help in raising your home humidity contact HVAC Philly