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How to Add Humidity to your Home

It’s true: humidity doesn't only refer to wet, sticky air that appears in the summer. In fact, there's always humidity in the air, and an imbalance of your home's humidity could actually reduce the air quality and cause health problems. Of course, the task to add humidity to your home seems a tad overwhelming, but we promise that it’s actually rather simple.

Certainly, we can't write this blog without mentioning the easiest way to add humidity to your house: a humidifier. There are various types and sizes of humidifiers that can quickly increase the humidity in a room or throughout the entire house, but it does require regular cleaning.

Failure to clean your humidifier can lead to bacteria and mold growth, so it's important to stay on top of maintenance if you're going to use one.

If you want to increase humidity in your home naturally, consider these three DIY suggestions.

Air Dry Your Clothes Indoors

After running a load of laundry, hang your clothes to dry inside. Drape them over doors or string them along a pop-up drying rack in any area that's particularly dry. Not only will you naturally release more moisture into the air, but you'll also save money by not running the dryer!

Add Bowls or Buckets Around the House

Filling some bowls or buckets with water and placing them in dry patches around your house will help release some water into the air, but this solution can get messy fast if you have children or pets, or if you happen to be clumsy.

Additionally, boiling water on the stove, or running a hot bath or shower with the drain plugged in can also quickly release some vapor. Of course, you don't want to waste tons of water trying to keep your air more humid, so you shouldn't rely on these measures for long periods of time if the air quality doesn't seem to improve or even worsens.

Cook on the Stove

Using your stove to make a fresh batch of pasta or another tasty dish will produce natural moisture into the air and increase your home's humidity. Make sure you use the cooking vents, though, since even electric stoves release small amounts of carbon monoxide and other harmful gases that can lower your air quality.

Don't forget to also have your home's carbon monoxide detector checked regularly to ensure it’s in working order.

Need something more than a home remedy?

If your house suffers from dry air, poor air quality, or bad ventilation, it may be time for a professional to take a look. If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, heating, or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help!

Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.