We’ve all experienced the irritating side effects of dry air in and out of our homes. When the temperature drops, so does the moisture in our air, leaving us with a cold, dry, and uncomfortable environment.
Fortunately, there are ways you can bring some of that lost comfort back into your home even during the coldest of days this winter. HRC Climate Services is here with a few ways you can maintain good humidity at home this chilly season.
The Importance of Balanced Indoor Humidity
While we may not love the humidity on a hot, sticky summer day, certain levels of moisture can significantly change the comfort levels of your home in the fall and winter. The ideal humidity level is around 45%. If you go much higher or lower, you’ll begin to notice a large difference in the air.
In addition to comfort, here are some reasons why maintaining good humidity levels will benefit your family and home:
- Health. Many viruses thrive in dry air, making your family more susceptible to catching the flu or a cold. Humid air may also keep headaches, respiratory issues, and dry eyes at bay.
- A cleaner home. Humidity helps keep dust and dirt levels down in your home. This aids in limiting the number of allergens and pollutants sitting in your air.
- Healthier skin. Say goodbye to cracked knuckles and a dry face when your humidity levels are where they should be.
- It keeps your furniture in good condition. When air is dry, it can cause the different rings within wooden surfaces to react differently. This can sometimes lead to cracked or damaged furniture and structures.
How To Increase Humidity in Your Home
Reap the benefits of optimal indoor humidity levels this winter and try incorporating one or more of the following tips into your home and routine.
1. Install a Humidifier
One of the more obvious ways to increase humidity is to install a humidifier. These can range from table top units that work for small spaces, to large systems that control the humidity throughout the entire home through your HVAC system.
If you already have a humidifier system and you’re still noticing the effects of dry air at home, be sure to have a technician come by for an inspection and repair.
2. Spread the Steam
Many tasks that we complete day to day create steam which can be a great source of moisture.
- Showering. Leave your door open when taking a hot shower to allow the moist air to spread throughout the home.
- The dishes. Once your dishwasher cycle has finished, open the door and allow the steam to escape.
- Laundry. Air dry your laundry rather than putting them through a drying cycle which can create more dry air.
- Cooking. If you need an added boost of moisture throughout the day, simply boil a pot of water on the stove!
3. Add Houseplants
Houseplants aren’t just great for décor and serotonin, their soil and leaves also help add moisture back into the air. In order to do so, they need to be properly watered and cared for, so only commit to this tip if you have a green thumb!
A large part of keeping your air comfortable relies on keeping the cold, dry, winter air out of the home. This is why a well-insulated home is a must. Find any cracks and crevices around your doors and windows and add weather stripping or caulk to seal them shut and keep all your warm, moist air inside.
If you’re ready to improve the comfort of your Utah County home with a humidifier, give HRC Climate Services a call at (801) 850-0040 to discuss your installation options today!