Have you noticed your skin becoming more dried out than usual this winter? Have you been experiencing more static cling and static shock than you normally would, or are your allergies a little worse than usual? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, more than likely your house is on the dry side. Low humidity is a common issue in my homes during the cold winter months. They often lead to frequent nosebleeds, dry skin, and a higher susceptibility to viruses like the cold and the flu.
Luckily, however, you don’t have to deal with low humidity issues in your house until spring comes. Here are 7 handy ways you can get the humidity back in your home!
Purchase a Humidifier – This is often the easiest fix whenever you determine that your house has low humidity. A humidifier works to bring moisture into the rooms that are the driest. The only downfall to humidifiers, however, is the up-front cost of purchasing them and any additional cost to your energy bill when you run them.
Bring Home a Houseplant – Houseplants aren’t just great for lifting spirits and acting as decorative accents – they also help bring moisture back into your home! Through the process of transpiration, which is what happens when moisture evaporates from the leaves and stems of plants, your little houseplants do all the work in breathing some life back into your home. Just make sure to keep them well-watered!
Try Putting Vases In Sunny Places – No flowers or plants required for this one! If you find that your green thumb is, well, a bit brown, grab a vase, fill it with water, and place it in front of the sunniest windows in the house. When you do this, the sun will work to evaporate the water inside the vase, which will then release moisture into the air.
Take a Shower With the Door Open – The next time you take a relaxing hot shower, make sure you leave the door open. This is an easy way to add some extra moisture into your home. Like baths instead? Just don’t drain the tub when you get out. Instead, wait for the water to coo first before draining it so that the remaining heat can add a bit of humidity to the air.
Get Cookin’ – Everyone loves baking in the winter, but stovetop cooking is where it’s at. When you use your stovetop, you won’t only be making some delicious meals but you will also be increasing the amount of moisture that is being released into the air. You can also make cups of tea to stay warm and put additional moisture out there with your trusty tea kettle!
Air Dry Your Clothes – Yes, the dryer is much more convenient to use, but in the wintertime it can take away moisture, let alone rack up the energy bill. Try using a rack to dry your clothes next time you do laundry. The moisture that is present in your clothes will evaporate into the air inside of your home, raising the humidity levels.
Place Bowls of Water on the Registers – If you have registers situated in the floor, grab a large bowl, fill it with water, and set it on top of the registers. The water inside of the bowls will heat up whenever the registers are blowing hot air, which will help push humidity into the air. Metal or ceramic bowls work the best in these situations.
How do you bring more humidity into your home? Which tricks have you found to be the most effective? Feel free to tell us in the comments below or let us know on our Facebook page!