How To Increase the Humidity in Your Home in the Winter
This winter increase the humidity in your home to avoid illness.
We might complain about humidity in summer, but that moisture in the air is good for
our skin and sinuses. Humidity also protects us from viruses since moisturized sinuses
won’t allow much to pass into our respiratory systems. We get sick more often in the
winter because our systems dry out, and germs sneak in more easily. Plus, dry air is
plain uncomfortable. To avoid these issues in the winter, you should increase the
humidity in your home. Let’s look at a few ways to make that happen.
Heat Some Water
The steam that heated water creates evaporates into the air in your house, infusing it
with moisture. Here are four ways you can let hot water increase the humidity level in
- Heat water to a boil on the stove, then allow it to simmer for a while.
- Fill a bathtub with hot water; don’t empty it until it’s cool.
- Run the shower with hot water and leave the bathroom door open.
- If you live in an older home with working radiators, leave pans of water on top of
- them as they heat.
Hang the Laundry
Electric dryers create dry heat and make you miss out on all the moisture that comes
from wet laundry. Skip the dryer and hang your clothes to dry around the house to
create some humidity.
Install a Humidifier and Air Purifier
You can place portable humidifiers in individual rooms for additional moisture or install a
whole-house humidifier, allowing you to control humidity levels easily. Many people
confuse air humidifiers with air purifiers; they aren’t the same. However, the right air
purifier can work with the humidifier to bring your home the best air possible.
Enjoy a Few Houseplants
If you love plants, you’re in luck. When you water a plant, it releases about 97 percent of
that water back into the air. That’s a great help when you’re trying to increase your
- Crown of thorns
- White Christmas cactus
As you increase the humidity in your home in the winter, you’ll enjoy healthier skin
and overall greater comfort. Implement these tips for the best winter yet this year!