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How can I Raise my Home’s Humidity Level?

How can I Raise my Home’s Humidity Level?

With the cold, comes dry air and new skin irritations and other illnesses. Keeping your home within a humidity level that is recommended can help to prevent dry air from affecting your home and family this winter.

Do you have dry and cracked skin? Do you wake up with a scratchy throat? At this point in the winter, you are probably really starting to feel the effects of the Western New York cold dry air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you keep the humidity in your home between 30 and 50%; however, in the winter months, it is common for that level to drop below 30%. Getting humidity back within the desired levels not only can help your chapped lips and skin, it can also help to solve for other health issues caused by dry air. We are going to review how you can raise your home’s humidity level to get it back within a range that is preferred.

Why is the Humidity Level in my Home Important?

With the cold, comes dry air and new skin irritations and other illnesses. Keeping your home within a humidity level that is recommended can help to prevent dry air from affecting your home and family this winter.

Because the average American is indoors 90% of the time, if indoor air is not at optimal moisture levels, this can lead to a number of health issues. Some of those issues include: respiratory problems, sore throat, skin irritations, increased stress, and other illnesses. Not to mention, dry air can be bad for your home’s wallpaper, wooden furniture, and houseplants.

So, How can I Raise my Home’s Humidity Level?

When it comes to dry air in your home, you can combat it. Let’s review some ways you can raise your home’s humidity level.

Add a Humidifier: One of the most effective ways to raise the humidity level in your Western New York home is with a humidifier. Humidifiers add moisture to the air to prevent dryness that can cause irritation in many parts of the body. Humidifiers are your best option to raise your home’s humidity level and for humidity control. Humidifiers are efficient and can ensure an exact humidity level to keep you comfortable and healthy while protecting wooden furniture and other household items.
Place Water Around Your Home: One of the easiest ways to add moisture to your home’s air is to place bowls or other containers of water on various surfaces around your home. Try to keep the water away from foot traffic and near some source of heat to help the water evaporate quicker. Think about placing the water containers on window sills, on top of radiators, or near heating vents.
Embrace Houseplants: Houseplants are a wonderful way not only to increase humidity levels, but to purify your indoor air as well. Plants are effective natural humidifiers since they absorb moisture through the roots and circulate it through the stems to the leaves. As a result, moisture is released into the air through the leaves. The soil for the houseplants also holds water that slowly evaporates. Be sure to add plants that are known to do well in dry conditions.
Boil Water: You don’t just have to boil water for the heck of it, if cooking, keep the lids off your pots and pans. Cooking creates a considerable amount of moisture, especially boiling water which creates steam. By not covering your pots and pans, you allow the steam to escape and enter the air of your home. To make this method of adding moisture into the air effective, keep your kitchen vents and fans on a low setting to encourage good air circulation without removing the moisture.
Hang Dry your Laundry Indoors: You can save money and raise your home’s humidity level by hang drying your laundry indoors. As the laundry dries, the moisture will evaporate into the air.
Embrace Shower Steam: When you shower, there is usually hot steam that is produced. Although it may be warmer and cozier to keep the bathroom door shut, open it to allow the steam and moisture to escape to other areas of the home. During the winter, don’t use your bathroom fan, as this is designed to suck the excess moisture from the air. If you want privacy as you shower, open the door as soon you are done.

Raising your home’s humidity level will help to keep you, your family, and your home comfortable and within the ideal moisture range.  

Humidifiers in your Hamburg, New York and Erie County home can make a difference. At Duffett Plumbing, Heating, & AC, we are here to help you ensure that your home is at the ideal humidity level.Great customer service is the cornerstone of how we run our business. It always will be. Generations of families here in Hamburg have trusted Duffett with their home service needs. Contact us today.