How to Put Moisture in the Air at Home

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People living in colder climates are often subjected to the unpleasantness of overly dry interior air that comes with home heating. While an excess of interior humidity can lead to mold and mildew outbreaks, moisture-deficient interior air can lead to skin irritation and respiratory problems due to dried out mucus membranes. Additionally, an overly dry interior air can cause interior house damage over prolonged periods of time. Purchasing a humidifying device, and making a few very slight changes to your daily lifestyle are all that's necessary to bring much needed moisture relief.

Things You'll Need

  • Humidifier with HEPA filter
  • Vaporizer
  • House plants
  • Plant mister
  • Indoor dryer venting kit (available at hardware stores)
  • Use a humidifier with a high efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter. Choose the best humidifier based on issues of area coverage and portability. Console humidifiers are part of a cabinet and are meant to be used in one room, while portable humidifiers are smaller and have wheels built into the bottom for easy moving from room to room. Central humidifiers are more expensive, and are built into heating and air-conditioning systems from which they can humidify all rooms of a home simultaneously.

  • Use a room vaporizer in the driest room of your home as necessary. Place your vaporizer close to you when using, as they are less powerful than a humidifier, and do best when humidifying a small area.

  • Bathe and shower with your bathroom door open to let steam escape and work its way through your home. Hang wet bathroom towels--and other wet laundry, as well--in other rooms where the moisture will evaporate into the air. Let used bathwater sit and cool in the bathtub before draining to allow more evaporation to occur.

  • Keep and maintain multiple house plants, and water and mist them regularly. Water catchment dishes placed under the plants will prevent excess water from spilling, and will create an opportunity for the excess water to evaporate into the air and increase the humidity.

  • Reroute your dryer venting system so that it vents the moist air back into your home rather than venting it outdoors. Use this method only if the air in your home is consistently and exceedingly dry, as indoor dryer venting can over-humidify the air and cause serious mold and mildew problems.

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