Feel Warmer This Winter - Increase the Humidity Levels in the Home
When you increase the humidity levels in the home, in the winter, you will feel warmer and not so dry. There are many humidifying devices on the market, to raise humidity levels in the home, and they do a great job. Humidifiers come in many sizes, styles, and price ranges, so it is easy to find one to fit your needs. You might want to do some research, and check them out before purchasing one. Also, take into consideration that humidifiers must be cleaned often, and some even require that filters be purchased and replaced regularly.
Free and/or Low Cost Ways to Increase Humidity Levels in the Home
In the meantime, try these low cost, green ideas, and see what a difference it can make in the humidity levels in the home. Following the steps below will make the air in your house feel warmer. And you will save on your energy bill, because you will not feel the need to turn up the thermostat. My suggestions on how to increase humidity levels in the home are simple, and while they may cost you just a few dollars, up front, in the end, they will save you money, and make you feel more comfortable, too.
How to Increase Humidity Levels in the Home â Air Dry Your Clothes
My idea is an old-fashioned one - simply dry some of your clothes by hanging them up, inside, during the winter, and use the moisture from the drying clothes to raise the humidity levels in the home. If you already have some of those over-the-door hangers, then your cost will be zero. If you don’t have any, then check online or at Target, Walmart, Dollar Store, etc. Or, you might want to even consider getting a clothes drying rack. Clothes drying racks are available in many different sizes, and designs, to accommodate more of your clothes drying needs. Sometimes, we need to spend a little, to save a lot.
Wash a load of clothes that can easily be hung up. Place your shirts, blouses, jeans, slacks, sweats, jackets, etc., on hangers, and hang them on the door hangers. (Allow some space between each piece of clothing so air can circulate.) As these clothes dry, the moisture will raise the humidity levels in the home. Shorter items, like blouses and socks, can often be hung off an ironing board.
When possible, hang the garments in the bedroom where they belong; as they dry, they will increase the humidity levels in that room. This will make sleeping in that bedroom more comfortable, and the clothes will be where they need to be when they are dry. So, unless they need ironing, they will be ready to be put away. Towels and washcloths do better if run through the dryer, since they will be softer to the touch. Sheets and large items are cumbersome to handle and would take too long to dry.
So, drying your clothes this way not only raises the humidity levels in the home, it also saves wear and tear on your clothes, since they will not be tumbling around in the dryer. And hey, my jeans fit better when they are not dried in the dryer! Think about the electricity, or gas, you saved by not having to run the dryer - another big savings.
How to Increase Humidity Levels in the Home â Add Plants
Add plants to your décor. Not only are they lovely to look at, but plants are also a great way to raise humidity levels in the home. When you water your plants, some of that water evaporates into the air, increasing the humidity levels in the home. Be especially nice to your plants, by misting them; this is yet another way to add moisture to the air. Plus, plants are a great way to clean the air in your house, since they add oxygen, and remove some pollutants from the air.
How to Increase Humidity Levels in the Home â Use Tabletop Water Fountains
Humidity levels in the home can be increased, too, if you have, and use, one of the indoor tabletop water fountains. While these are sold mainly because of the relaxing sound of moving water, they are also an excellent way to add moisture to the air. Water fountains come in all sizes, styles, and prices. Shop online for a large selection.
How to Increase Humidity Levels in the Home â Doing Your DishesDoing dishes can also increase humidity levels in the home. If you choose to hand wash your dishes, and if you use a dish drainer, or a drying rack, as these dishes dry, moisture is added to the air. For those who choose to wash their dishes using a dishwasher, they can raise the humidity levels in the home, too. Instead of using the drying cycle on the dishwasher, open the door, and let the clean dishes air-dry. Since the dishes are already hot from the wash cycle, they will dry quickly. This is a good option only if the open door of the dishwasher does not impose a safety risk. For instance, if you have small children, pets, or your dishwasher is located in a walk through area this could pose a safety risk. However, if you don’t have any small children, or pets, and if your dishwasher is located in a corner, this might work for you. Drying your dishes, this way, is another way to go green, and save on your energy bill, too.
Drying your clothes and dishes this way allows the moisture from them to be absorbed into the air, therefore increasing the humidity levels in the home. Adding plants and water fountains will not only elevate the humidity levels in the home, they will also add beauty and harmony.
Not only does the increased humidity levels in the home make you feel warmer, and more comfortable, it also makes breathing easier, by helping to eliminate dry sinuses. I notice, too, that my skin feels softer and better when the humidity levels are higher.
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