How many people have sinus infections or nasal issues during the winter months?
How many of you have nosebleeds more noticeably during the winter months?
Did you know that during the winter months your humidity levels inside your home should be between 30-40%?
If you have a humidifier on your heating system you are ahead of the game. You should consider checking the settings. Making sure it is on. Clean and check the filter if your humidifier has one to ensure it is free of debris and mold.
What if you don’t have a built in humidifier on your heating system?
Find a medium size pot. Usually people have an older pot they don’t use much but still won’t throw it away. Now you can put that to use!
Fill that pot up three quarters full. Set it on the back burner of your stove. Turn the heat to medium and walk away. You can speed the process up by turning the burner to high but be sure to not leave it unattended!
You can do this once a day if need be. You can throw a little lemon zest into the pot. A few drops of vanilla. Cinnamon. Anything you have in the spice rack or fridge can ultimately add an aroma to your home while you humidify it.
The proper humidity levels help with your heating bill. By raising the humidity you don’t ‘feel’ as cold and will be able to turn your thermostat down a few degrees once proper humidity levels are reached.
Proper humidity helps with you hard wood flooring by helping it from shrinking. As well as nearly everything in your home!
While there are humidifiers that can be purchased that stand alone, I don’t recommend them. Filling them can be inconvenient and cleaning them can be a pain. If not properly cleaned, mold may grow and you will literally be blowing vaporized mold into your home.
The only downfall to the pot on the stove method is that you can’t leave it unattended for a length of time. While making the family meal of the evening one could do make use of an unused burner. Or while dishes are being cleaned the pot can be on the stove then.
By getting your humidity levels up to 30-40% you will be able to bear Old Man Winter a little easier.