Low Cost ways to Add Humidity inside a House without a Humidifier
Friday, January 07, 2011
When the air in your home is being heated, it can get pretty dry and uncomfortable. But there are other things you can do to help add humidity when the air's drying out your skin, furniture, and woodwork.
Try the green idea’s below to make your home warmer and save on your energy bill. Some suggestions on how to add moisture to your home they are simple, and it will cost you just a couple of dollars up front, but in the end, it may save you money. See if it makes a difference in your home!!
· Add some houseplants to your home. Not only will you be moisture to the air simply by watering the plants(The plants can be watered weekly or misted daily.), but plants naturally add moisture to the air all by themselves. Plants recycle water by a process known as "transpiration."
· Decorate with bowls of water. Place a few around your house and the water will evaporate into the dry air. One step further, if you have radiant steam heat: place a water bowl on top of radiators to heat the water and aid in evaporation.
· Leave a pot of water on top of the stove when you have something in the oven. The top of the stove naturally heats up slightly when you are baking, which help the water in the pot will evaporate.
· Simmer a stock pot full of water, with a few drops of essential oil. (From the dollar store)Then, I turn it off & let it work. For head colds try tea tree oil & a bit of vinegar to the mix letting it simmer during dinner. At bedtime, put the pot in your bedroom for the night (making sure to put the pot out of the way and on a hot pad!!)...
· Fill a crock pot(from the thrift store) with water and keep it on low with the lid off. This is an especially good measure to take when you want added humidity during the night hours, and using a crock pot is much more energy efficient than boiling a pan of water on a stove top.
· Don’t use the exhaust fan while showering. Just keep the bathroom door open. Then the house keeps the moisture and warmer air in the winter months.
Baths leave the water in the tub after you've finished bathing. Letting it sit and cool completely allows more moisture to evaporate into the air than when you're showering.
· Cook on the stovetop. Not only is this a cozy practice during cold winter weather, it also releases moisture into your home's air. If you're cooking something that can be done either on the stovetop or in the oven, opt for the stovetop when the air is dry. The oven dries the air out even more, but the stovetop adds much-needed moisture.
· Open your dishwasher to dry dishes. The steam from the dishwasher will be released into the air improving the percentage of humidity in your house.
· You should first WASH your clothes and THEN hang them to dry throughout. Hang your clothes to dry throughout the house. Towels are especially good. This tip not only adds humidity to the air in your home, but will also save money on your energy bill. It may be a tad unsightly for a couple of hours, so I usually do it late evening or at night.
· Purchase some of the simple over-the-door clothes hangers, and place them on your doors. I like to place them on bedroom doors for added moisture in the bedrooms. When hanging garments up, hang them in the room where they belong, and unless they need ironing, they will be ready to be put away.
· Your laundry room is an area that can make a big difference in your humidity levels. Your dryer has moist heat. Take advantage of this and add humidity to the air in your home with this simple tip. Disconnect the dryer tube to the vent to the outside of your home. While the tube is disconnected, take this opportunity to thoroughly clean out the tube and remove any lint or debris. Secure a knee high or piece of pantyhose over the open end of the tube. Allow the moist heat from the dryer to help heat your home while adding moisture to the air. (Some suggest venting your dryer into your home, rather than outside. Unless you purchase a home venting kit, which prevents excess moisture from entering the room anyway, this is not a great idea. Dust particles, pet hair and fabric softener fibers can enter the air and irritate allergies.)
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Begin by poking 20 medium holes I used a hole punch)into a Ziploc bag. Then wet a large sponge until it is completely wet. Squeeze any excess water out, so it stays damp. Place the sponge and the bag and place it where you want. I attached to a hanger with duct tape.Be aware, if the room is bigger, you will need to have a bigger sponge and bag.