Why Your Home Needs More Humidity During Winter

Old Man Winter is thirsty. He’ll draw out moisture wherever he can find it: your furniture, home’s structure, right down to the wood floors. Does your floor creak more this time of year? Blame Old Man Winter. Do you brace yourself for a little shock of static electricity when you reach for the doorknob? Also, Old Man Winter.

Not only does a lack of moisture affect your home, but it also affects your health. Dry sinuses do not protect from airborne viruses, placing you at greater risk of illness.

Some symptoms of dry winter air include:

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Chapped lips
  • Creaky floors
  • Door sticking to the jamb
  • Increased static electricity
  • Chipped paint

That’s why you must maintain adequate humidity levels in your home.

What’s the Ideal Indoor Humidity Level?

Your indoor relative humidity level should be within 30 and 50 percent. That means the air in your home holds roughly half of the maximum amount of moisture it can contain.

Use a hygrometer to gauge the amount of water vapor in your air. This simple device, available in both analog and digital models, can help you stay on top of your home’s humidity levels.

How Do You Maintain Adequate Indoor Humidity?

Too little humidity is just as bad as too much humidity, so the trick is to maintain a balance. There are some simple ways to add much-needed moisture to your air, as well as more advanced methods. Try these humidity hacks to protect your health and your home.

  • Hang your clothes inside to dry: Damp clothes will release moisture as they dry.
  • Skip the heat-dry cycle: The dishwasher’s heat-dry feature wastes energy and exhausts valuable water vapor to the outside. When it completes a cleaning cycle, open the dishwasher to release steam into your living space.
  • Shower with the door open: If you live alone and privacy isn’t a concern, let water vapor from your hot showers humidify adjacent rooms.
  • Buy humidifying houseplants: Plants, such as the areca palm and English ivy, have some of the highest transpiration rates to increase relative humidity.
  • Install a whole-home humidifier: A whole-home humidifier works in tandem with your central heating system to distribute water vapor throughout your home. Use the humidistat to control the amount of humidity your home needs.

Ready to create soothing, healthier indoor air? Turn to the professionals at Guaranteed Service. To schedule your appointment, call (732) 412-1134.