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5 Ways to Eliminate Dry Air in Your Home

Over the course of the winter, you may have found the humidity levels in your home have decreased. This can create an array of problems including skin irritation, nosebleeds, and respiratory ailments such as sinusitis and bronchitis.

Healthy humidity levels in your home should remain anywhere between 30 to 50 percent.

Let's look at five easy ways to get rid of the dry winter air in your home.

Humidifiers

Humidifiers release water vapor into the air. There are two types to consider:

Whole-home humidifiers: This system works in conjunction with your central air unit to deliver moist air to every room. It’s pricier of the two options, but also the most effective.

Portable humidifiers: You can find these units at any hardware store. They’re small, plug-in devices that release a gentle mist into the air. You may need several of them so that your home has adequate coverage. While affordable, portable humidifiers have the drawback of building up microorganisms and bacteria. Be sure to clean and sanitize them regularly.

Seal Your Home

A low-cost and efficient way to trap more moisture in and keep dry winter air out is to seal any open areas in your home. Check for cracks under doors, spaces near recessed lights, and gaps around chimneys or windows.

Use Your Stovetop or Heating Registers

To increase overall humidity in your home, slowly simmer a pot of water on your stovetop to release moisture into the air. If you have heat registers such as radiators or wood stoves in your home, place a pan of water on top of the register. Be sure to check the water frequently and refill.

Leave Your Shower Door Open

It's an old trick, but a good one. By leaving the door open when you are showering, you can effectively send moisture into surrounding rooms.

Purchase Some Houseplants

With just the small amount of care we give to houseplants, they return the favor in multiple ways. Did you know that plants actually release moisture into the air? They do this through a process called transpiration. Moisture from the leaves and stems of plants is evaporated and released into the air through small pores. Remember to keep your plants well hydrated and they will return the favor.

By using these methods to add moisture in your home and keep out dry air, you can alleviate many health concerns, eliminate drafts, and make your home more energy-efficient.

For all of your indoor air quality needs, contact AAA Service at (303) 622-3449.

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