How to Increase Indoor Humidity Levels

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By Greg Horan on January 24, 2013, 12:33pm Last modified: January 26, 2013, 3:27pm

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During the last several days the dew points and temperatures have been in the single digits and even below zero! Inside the house, when the air is heated, the relative humidity has been dropping rapidly. In some case I have seen indoor humidity levels between 10 and 20 percent! This is way too low for personal comfort and at the same time, it can also cause cracks in our furniture or wood floors!

In the winter, it is recommended to keep humidity levels between 30 and 40 percent. If it’s well below zero outside, it maybe difficult to keep it much higher than 30.

So, what can you do to add humidity to your home? There are many simple things that can be done.

1.  Try using a humidifier, which will add humidity to a single room, some have actual humidity controls that you can set a desired humidity at.

2. Simply cooking on the stove top will bring extra humidity in the air. The effects will likely bring an increase of 5 to 10 percent overall.

3.  Fill a crock pot with water and set it on low with the lid off. It only uses a low amount of electricity to run!

4. Keep your bathroom door open and fan off, while using the shower to direct humidity throughout the house.

5. Add as many plants to your home as you can! By watering the plants you add humidity but plants also release water by a process called transpiration. 

6.  Hang your laundry to air dry throughout different rooms, the clothes will release humidity as they dry!

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