Easy Ways to

Increase Humidity in a Dry House

Keep the heat set at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, a move that’s bound to decrease your energy bill, too.

Lower the thermostat.

This type of heat is less drying than the hot air that blows from your central heating system.

Use radiant heat sources.

One of the easiest ways to add moisture to dry air is to place bowls of water around the house.

Place containers of water on elevated surfaces.

You can also mist plant leaves as often as needed with water from a spray bottle.

Construct a plant humidifier.

While you’re showering, that is!

Leave the bathroom  door open.

While you might not want a humidifier in every room, putting a portable unit in just the bedroom, for example, might be a good idea.

Plug in a portable humidifier.

Cooking in the oven tends to dry out the air, while cooking on the stovetop does the opposite.

Make dinner on the stovetop, rather than in the oven.

Your dishes will dry, but in a way that contributes to the health and comfort of your home.

Open the dishwasher to allow dishes to air dry.

Particularly if it’s rained recently, the fresh air will bring some humidity into your home.

If it’s not too cold,  crack a window.

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