Humidifying Your Home This Winter
It’s the middle of winter and if the dropping temperatures didn’t tip you off, maybe your insanely dry indoor air did. Dry indoor air can cause problems for your home and your health! Not only can it cause cracked paint, peeling wallpaper, and warped wood floors — it can lead to chapped skin, inflamed allergies and itchy eyes. Not to mention lots of static shock!
When the moist air in your home escapes, it is replaced by dry air from outside, which can seriously compromise comfort. That’s why it’s important to amp up the humidity in your home during the coldest months of the year. How can you add moisture back into your indoor air? Read more below.
Go green with houseplants.
Houseplants not only humidify the indoor air around them — they purify it too! Through the process of transpiration, plants pull water up through their roots to their stems, leaves, and flowers where it then evaporates, adding much-needed moisture to your indoor air. Plants with the highest transpiration rates remove the most airborne pollutant, too. Many plants need high humidity levels to thrive, so consider buying a plant that can survive in drier climates. Group several plants, and you’ll create a humid micro-climate in that keeps them from drying out as quickly.
Bundle up with sweaters and blankets.
When temperatures cool down, our usual response is to crank up the heat. But artificial heat from your furnace can leave your home feeling as dry as a desert. By turning down your thermostat and bundling up in extra layers, you’ll not only save big bucks on your utility bill — you’ll help retain much more comfortable indoor conditions. Remember, humid air feels warmer than dry air, so you likely won’t need as much help from your heater if you do your part to retain your home’s humidity with cooler indoor temperatures.
Spread some steam with your dishwasher, shower, and bath.
Some of the easiest ways to humidify your home involve household tasks that you perform daily. In the bathroom, you can spread steam and moisture throughout your home by cracking the bathroom door when you shower or letting your bathwater cool before you empty the tub. And after bathing, turn on your bathroom fan to help push damp air out and into nearby rooms. In the kitchen, skip the drying cycle on your dishwasher, leave the door open, and let your dishes air-dry. You’ll heat and humidify the surrounding area for free.
Air-dry your laundry indoors.
Just like your furnace, your dryer robs your indoor air of moisture. To increase the humidity in your home, give your dryer a vacation. Hang a few clotheslines around the house where you can air-dry your clean laundry. Your damp clothes will add humidity to the air as they dry while simultaneously saving energy! Just make sure to hang your clothes in areas with adequate airflow to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Adopt some fishy friends.
If you love pets, then consider adopting a few fish. Adding a fish tank to an air-conditioned room is a great way to evaporate air into surrounding areas while enhancing your home décor. Make sure your fish tank has an open top, and remember to keep it full of fresh water to prevent bad odors and mold spores from forming. Keep in mind that maintaining a fish tank requires lots of time, space, and expense. You can achieve the same results on a smaller scale with a fishbowl placed near heat sources in your home.
Invest in a whole-home humidifier.
The most effective way to combat dry indoor air is to invest in a whole-home humidifier. Installed directly onto your existing HVAC system, a whole-home humidifier infuses humidity into your indoor air by distributing water vapor through your home’s ducts and vents. As their name suggests, whole-home humidifiers add moisture to all the rooms in your home unlike portable humidifiers, which only add moisture to the room in which they are located. And whole-home humidifiers only require one filter change per year, demanding much less maintenance than portable humidifiers, which need to be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
Stop letting dry indoor air compromise your comfort. Contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® today at 1-800-277-9400 to schedule an appointment with one of our Comfort Advisors. We’ll assess your indoor air-quality and guide you through our whole-home humidifier products and services, all of which are always covered by our Exceptional Service Guarantee.