How Can I Make More Humidity in My House During the Winter?

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Lack of humidity in your home causes static electricity, dry skin and scratchy throats. It can make you or your family members prone to bloody noses, dry sinuses and cracked lips. Dry air can also cause wallpaper to peel, wood floors to separate and certain houseplants to suffer. These conditions commonly develop during the winter, when home heating reduces humidity levels. But you don't have to just live with the situation. You can add humidity to the air in your home to make it more comfortable.

Things You'll Need

  • Cooking pot
  • Shower or clothes rod or drying rack
  • Humidifier
  • Potted plants
  • Place a large bot of water on your stove. Bring it to a boil and then allow it to simmer for a few hours. The steam adds humidity to the air.

  • Dry your shirts and other lightweight clothing by shaking them out after retrieving them from the washing machine. Hang them up on a shower or clothes rod or a drying rack to replace moisture in the air.

  • Purchase a humidifier. Match the capacity to the square footage in your home. For instance, a home that is approximately 1,000 square feet needs a humidifier with a capacity of 4.0 to 5.0, according to the website for the Lowe's home-improvement store chain. Homes that are 1,000 to 2,000 square feet needs a capacity of 7.0 to 9.0. Larger homes need at least a capacity of 10.0 or more.

  • Place potted plants throughout your home. The moisture in the soil evaporates and adds humidity to the air.

Tips & Warnings

  • Humidity makes your home feel warmer in the winter. Keeping the humidity at the right level will let you set your thermostat lower and still feel comfortable. This is a wise way to save money on your utility bill. Set your humidifier so that it maintains a 35 to 40 percent humidity level, the Lowe's website advises.
  • Keep a close watch on a pot of simmering water. Make sure it is on the back section of the stove if you have small children in the home, and supervise closely. Check the pot frequently to ensure that it is not boiling dry.

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