As winter slowly comes around the corner, there is a lot to prepare for. For instance, you have to weatherproof your home, stock up on the essentials and maybe even get a few new jackets for the cold whether. However, people usually leave one important thing off that list: home humidity levels. In the wintertime, when you have your heater blasting, it can literally suck up the moisture in the air and leave the humidity at untenable levels. Humidity, indoor air quality and health go hand in hand when it comes to keeping up the moisture levels in your home during the winter. Low humidity can cause an increase of electrical shocks and breathing difficulties. Luckily, there are a number of ways to keep the moisture at livable levels. Here is how to keep a healthy level of humidity in your home.
One of the best ways to keep the humidity levels up in your home is to install a humidifier. Humidifiers can be your greatest ally in the winter when the air inside your home is too dry. Typically, all you need is a humidifier for each room of the home that gets the most use. However, if you want to keep the moisture levels up throughout your home, you could install a whole-house humidifier that works hand-in-hand with your HVAC system.
Another way to keep the humidity levels of up is a little more DIY, but very effective. Simply fill aluminum baking pans – the kind you would most commonly use to bake brownies in – with water and then place them near the windows and heating vents around your home. By doing this, the heat from the vents and the warmth of the sun will evaporate the water and cause the moisture to lift into the air of the room. The method can be incredibly effective in a last minute jam.
Next, if you want another quick way to increase the moisture of a particular room, you could use spray bottles filled with water, but you want to make sure you have the setting on the finest, lightest mist. Dryness in the home can not only cause negative health affects, but also it can affect the structure of your home – paint can crack and wooden furniture can start to show paling and wear and tear. By spraying water into the air you can effectively return humidity levels back to tenable levels – almost instantaneously.
Lastly, the little things count too, like leaving the bathroom door open after you take a hot shower or leaving your clothes to hang dry – instead of leaving them to dry outside where they might freeze. These methods can be most effective when you are renting a cabin or staying in a bed-and-breakfast during the winter break and you want a quick way to alleviate the dryness of a particular room. You can also do things like open up the windows during the day to a let the air outside in. When it comes down to it, increasing the moisture and humidity levels inside your home will be a constant battle, but when you do return them to normal levels, you will certainly feel it.