I remember hearing stories about the old days when homes were heated with wood cookstoves and oil burning space heaters. Invariably there was a pot of water sitting on each one of those devices. The evaporating water added humidification to the home. It was about the only way the old timers could fight back against the discomfort caused by winter’s dry air. These days, Waterford MI homeowners have it much easier with humidifiers readily available.
The numbers tell the story
The most comfortable humidity level is between 40 and 50 percent. During winter it’s not unusual for the number to fall to 10% or even lower. The experts agree that level of humidification will lead to cracked & dry skin, sinus problems, sore throats, dry eyes, and the ever-present static electricity.
Things you can do
By themselves, these steps won’t solve the problem but taken together they can certainly help.
Ditch the microwave & oven
Your goal should be to do as much cooking as possible on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. When you are boiling water or simmering a big pot of pasta sauce you are adding humidification to your Waterford, MI home. Take it one step further by planning dishes that take a long time to cook (this is where the slow cooker comes in). When you use the oven for baking meals it can make dry air worse.
Showers & baths
If modesty and privacy allow, leave the bathroom door open while taking a shower or bath. This allows the moist air to spread to other rooms. You can also increase humidification by letting the water stand in the bathtub for an hour or two when you’re done. This allows some of the water to evaporate into the dry air.
Add some houseplants
If you have the green thumb, go crazy with plants because they naturally give off moisture as they grow. Just be sure they get enough light and water to keep them healthy.
This is a little bit like what the old timers used to do. Fill some containers, decorative vases work well, with water and place them throughout the house. As the water evaporates it will add to the humidification of the air. For best results place them close to HVAC vents as the air movement will make the water evaporate more quickly.
Add a humidifier
When all is said and done this may be the best, and in some cases the only way to get truly comfortable humidification in your Waterford, MI home. Portable humidifiers are available at almost any large store, but they can be inconvenient and take up floor space. Kotz strongly recommends a whole house humidifier that works in conjunction with your heating system. The humidification it provides will make you feel more comfortable, make you healthier, and avoid the shocking experience that is static electricity. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information like this.