Dry air inside your home can be more of a problem than you might realize. Over time, excessively dry air can cause discomfort or even medical issues. It can make your home less comfortable and make the winter months unbearable when the air inside your home is likely to be the driest. Excessively dry air inside your home will dry out your skin, cause problems with your sinuses, and increase static electricity generation across many of your home’s surfaces.
To avoid dry air inside, you can take a few steps to alleviate the issue in the short term, but for a longer-term solution, you may need to invest in some new tech for your home.
DIY Humidifying for Your Home
You might be surprised at some of the following techniques, but they can offer surprising results within a short time if you use them correctly. While these solutions may work for short-term relief, they probably won’t be viable for long-term moisture control in your home. Here are a few effective options.
- Houseplants. If you’re willing and able to keep up with watering them, your houseplants can increase the moisture levels in your home through transpiration, which is the process of water evaporating from their leaves. However, an excessively dry house can be damaging to some houseplants, so this is not a quick-fix solution.
- Create steam as much as possible. Whether it’s an extra cup of tea in the morning or showering with the bathroom door open, creating more steam inside your home increases the moisture levels in the air. This is another short-term solution, but it can offer relatively quick results on especially dry days.
- Water bowls near heating vents. When your heater is going full blast this winter, metal or ceramic bowl full of water on or near a heating vent will release a surprising amount of moisture into the air.
If you want to alleviate the air dryness in your home for good, you’re going to need to invest in a more robust solution.
Which Type of Humidifier Is Best?
Modern humidifiers come in all shapes and sizes. You can easily purchase small humidifiers that you fill in your sink to humidify a room or two within a few hours, but you will need to keep up with tank cleaning and spare parts over time. It’s generally best to clean smaller portable humidifiers once every 72 hours, and performance will vary based on the layout of your home.
Larger, more robust humidifiers can potentially increase the moisture levels throughout your home rather quickly, but you’ll need to make constant adjustments as the humidity in your home fluctuates over time.
Smart humidifiers can be fantastic investments for homeowners who no longer want to worry about moisture levels inside their homes. These devices use advanced sensors to detect ambient humidity and maintain designated indoor humidity levels. They will also notify owners of maintenance issues, when to clean them, and how efficiently they run.
If you’re not sure which type of humidifier would be best for your home, contact FOX Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical today for guidance, and we will help you determine the best solution.
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