Snow’s on the ground, and there’s a chill in the air. It’s such a beautiful scene until you take off your glove to stare at skin cracked like a salt flat, and your sinuses as parched as a desert in the middle of summer. A drop in humidity through the cold winter weather is a common cause of dry skin, dry sinuses, nosebleeds and more.
Have you ever walked across your room and felt the static shock of everything you touch as though you have been petting your fluffy cat with every step? Warmer air holds more moisture than cold air, therefore, winter months have much lower humidity. Cranking the furnace will not increase the amount of moisture in the air. Here are a few things you can do to increase humidity through the winter months:
Set up a drying rack and let your clean clothes hang! Not only can you save energy by not running your dryer, but you will be adding that moisture to the air as your clothes dry. You’ll save money, and your room will smell like fresh laundry.
Using a teapot on your stove to heat water will release steam and moisture into the air. Of course, boiling a pot of water will do the same trick and is quite frugal! Cooking soups and other dinner items that require a pot of boiling liquid will do the trick as well.
There is nothing better than a hot shower on a cold winter day. All that steam in the bathroom feels awful cozy when you get out. If you keep the bathroom door open while you take a shower, it will escape into the rest of the house increasing the home’s overall humidity.
Humidifiers deliver the perfect amount of humidity to protect your household from dry-air damage. Consider a whole house humidifier like Aprilaire. You will minimize the ill-effects of dry air and increase your comfort as well as save money. Higher moisture content in your home means a lower thermostat.
Moisture in the air can be essential for winter wellness, impacting asthma, allergies, skin conditions and decreasing cold and flu incidences. A whole house humidifier is the most effective way to solve dry air problems. Small tricks like opening the dishwasher after washing to let them air dry will release a burst of steam and moisture, adding houseplants can minimally help increase humidity levels in your home, and letting your bath water cool completely before draining after you’re done* (not recommended with small children in the house). Low humidity will happen year over year through the colder months in New Jersey, as will your allergies and symptoms. Choose the experts at Air Expo and ask about the whole house humidifier and how to keep your home and family safe and warm through these dry winter months each and every year.