Some people associate humidity with uncomfortable and muggy summer conditions. However, there are an array of benefits of maintaining proper humidity levels in your home during the winter. More specifically, proper humidity levels play an important role in keeping you comfortable and healthy during the heating season. You can lower your heating costs simply by maintaining the humidity levels in your house anywhere between 30% and 60%, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is because humid air typically retains heat more efficiently compared to dry air.
To put it another way, if you maintain proper humidity in your home, you won’t have to crank up your heating system. You will use less energy to heat your home. On the other hand, if the air inside your home is too dry, you’ll compensate by raising your thermostat. Consequently, your heating system will work longer and harder to heat your home, translating to higher heating costs.
Best Ways To Deal With Dry Indoor Air
Homeowners should learn effective ways to maintain the proper humidity levels in their home during the winter season. This way, they can pay less on their home heating costs and remove the discomfort that is associated with dry air. In this article, we will discuss four natural ways to increase humidity at home.
Steps To Take In Your Bathroom And Kitchen
If you take warm baths, you can use your bathwater to humidify your home. More specifically, after taking a bath, do not empty your bathtub immediately when you get out of the tub. Instead, leave your bathwater in the bathtub for a while to allow evaporation to take occur. In turn, this will increase the humidity levels in your home.
Similarly, after taking a shower, leave the bathroom door open. Doing so allows the warm moist air to spread throughout your home. Moreover, if you hand wash your dishes, use a stopper to hold the warm water in the sink for a while, allowing steam to humidify your home.
On the other hand, if you use a dishwasher, leave your dishwasher’s door open after doing the dishes. Doing so will not only allow you to air-dry your dishes but also allow steam to flow throughout your home, getting rid of the dry air.
Dry Your Wet Clothes Indoors To Combat Dry Air
For wet clothes to dry, they have to lose moisture to the surrounding air. Therefore, you can use wet clothes to humidify your home. To get rid of dry air in your home, dry your wet clothes indoors. For instance, you can dry your clothes on a drying rack and then use a room fan to spread moisture throughout your home.
Adopt Houseplants To Improve Humidity Levels
Plants typically lose water through their leaves through a process called transpiration, which means you can use houseplants to keep your home humid. In addition to watering your houseplants, you can also spray them with water regularly. Doing so will not only help to keep your plants well hydrated and clean, but it also adds moisture to your indoor air. Therefore, to improve your indoor air quality, invest in a few houseplants.
Consider Boiling Water To Add Moisture
Boiling water is one of the quickest and easiest ways to increase the moisture levels in your home. When water reaches its boiling point, it typically evaporates, which means it adds moisture to the surrounding air. Alternatively, if you want to lower your energy costs, you can place containers with water, such as bowls and pans, near a heat source, such as heating vents. By doing this, you will be able to achieve the same effect without necessary using additional energy to boil the water.
Dry air in your home, especially during the heating season, can cause discomfort, health problems, such as sinus congestion, runny nose, and itchy skin, as well as increase your heating costs. To avoid these problems, you should use the natural ways discussed above to maintain proper humidity levels in your house. Also, make sure that you schedule HVAC maintenance. Regular tune-ups will enable your system to perform better, more efficiently, and your system will have the ability to clean your air adequately.
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