Sick of winter yet? We sure are! These cold days have us longing for a warm spring day to spend outside in the sun! But the need for gloves, scarves, layers (and layers), and a puffy coat isn’t the only thing about winter causing us discomfort. What makes winter even more unbearable is the lack of humidity in the air. If the word ‘humidity’ makes you think of a hot August day in the deep south, you might be thinking, “Are you crazy! Humidity is the worst! It’s sticky and sweaty, and it makes my hair frizz.” Yes, there is such a thing as too much humidity; but it’s important for our health and comfort to have the right amount, especially in our home, office, and anywhere else we spend a lot of time. Without the right balance, indoor air can end up being way too dry. Dry air can cause a variety of problems, not only for our comfort and health, but also for the health of our homes.
Here are just a handful of symptoms you might experience if the air in your home is too dry:
Dry air can be equally problematic in your home. Here are some things you might notice:
So, what can you do about it? Thankfully, this is an easy problem to fix. And even better, you've got options! There are many different kinds of humidifiers, depending on your specific needs and budget.
Here's a basic breakdown of the different types of humidifiers:
Central / Whole House Humidifier - Ducted
Whole House Humidifier - Console
Wick / Evaporative
Steam Vaporizer / Warm Mist
Don't feel like running to the store? Not ready to shell out your hard-earned cash for a humidifier? Need a quick fix? Here are a few things you can do to add a little moisture to the air in your home using items you already own:
So, if your lips are cracked, your eyes are dry, or that cold just won't quit, it might be time to consider a humidifier... or a couple of nice vases!