It’s the season for chapped lips, for itchy, dry skin. For waking up with sore throats and the occasional bloody nose.
In other words, it’s winter, when the air in your home is typically dryer than normal. In this week’s blog post, we’ll explore some ways you can make your home more comfortable, including investing in a whole house humidifier.
When you have plants in your home, you’ll have more moisture, thanks to a process known as “transpiration.” That’s what occurs when moisture from the stems and leaves of a plant evaporate, adding humidity to the air.
Just be warned: while your plants can humidify your home, they’re also at risk in dry climates, so keep them watered.
Do some cooking
Stovetop cooking to be exact. Boiling or steaming foods can help release added moisture into the air. And you don’t even have to be a great cook. Simply making tea in a kettle instead of the microwave can help you start your day with some extra moisture in the air.
A vase with some water
Find a windowsill that gets a lot of sun and place a vase there, filled with water. As the sun hits the vase, the warmth will cause the water to slowly evaporate and send moisture into the air.
Shower with the door open
A nice, long hot shower fills your bathroom with steam. Crack the bathroom door a little to let some of that steam move through the rest of the house.
Dry your clothes the old-fashioned way
Instead of throwing your clothes in the dryer, hang them on a drying rack to let them dry at room temperature. While this method takes much longer than using a dryer, the moisture released by drying your clothes releases a decent amount of humidity into your home.
Bowls of water and heating sources
One of the more effective ways to boost humidity is to place a metal or ceramic bowl filled with water on your heating registers or radiators. When your furnace is active, this will release moisture into the air and make your home less dry.
A whole house humidifier
Also known as a furnace humidifier, a whole house humidifier is installed directly into your HVAC system. When air from your ducts enters the humidifier, it is exposed to the water inside.
The water then evaporates, which increases the moisture levels in the air flowing out of the humidifier and into your home. This water vapor not only helps regulate the humidity; it can also prevent harmful minerals from getting into the air.
Humidity levels are controlled through your thermostat, allowing an even level of moisture to permeate your home all year.
Not only does a whole house humidifier alleviate the health issues we mentioned earlier, it can prevent damage to your home and lower your energy bill.
Contact All Seasons Comfort Control today to learn more about our whole house humidifier solutions and to find out how we can make your home more comfortable this winter.