How to Increase the Humidity Level in a Home
The regulation of air humidity in the home is important to your health. Excessively dry air promotes dehydration of the eyes, skin, nasal passages and upper respiratory tract, leading to the possibility of microbial and viral infection. Moisture content in the air is heavily influenced by temperature, air circulation and the amount of water vapor available. Keep winter home humidity levels at 30 to 40 percent to lessen the chance of respiratory infection, and maintain summer humidity levels between 50 to 65 percent. Employ a variety of methods to accomplish this while continuously measuring the humidity level throughout the day.
Place a hygrometer in the main living room and the bedrooms of your home. These are the areas where you and your family spend most of the time when in the house. Monitor the humidity levels throughout the day. Respond to low humidity level readings by introducing more moisture into the air.
Introduce moisture into the air in a chronically dry room by placing shallow trays of water in direct sunlight shining through a window. Moisture moves naturally from areas where moisture vapor is heavily concentrated to areas where it is less heavily concentrated — filling a room with additional humidity over a period of time.
Fill a number of shallow trays half full of gravel and cover the gravel with water. Place pots of houseplants on top of the gravel. Position the houseplants around a room that generally exhibits low humidity to increase the moisture in the air.
Increase the humidity in a dry house by turning a stove burner to low and placing a saucepan or teapot of water on to simmer at a low boil. Monitor the water level carefully so the pot does not go dry.
- Hygrometers are small mechanical or electronic devices — similar in form to a thermometer — that measure humidity. Use according to label directions.
- Hygrometers are available at home improvement stores, department stores, electronic stores and generally at other retail outlets where thermometers are sold.
- Leave the bathroom door open during or after a hot shower to allow the moisture to enter into the rest of the house.
- Open the dishwasher door after the dishwashing cycle is done to allow the steam to escape into the house.
- Consult with your doctor before raising the humidity level in your home if a member of the family has a medical condition that may be affected by higher humidity.
Freelance writing since 2009, Tom Ross has over 30 years of corporate management and hands-on experience in the supermarket industry. Ross was featured on the cover of “Instore Buyer” magazine and his articles have appeared on various websites.
How to Increase the Humidity Level in a Home. The regulation of air humidity in the home is important to your health. Excessively dry air promotes dehydration of the eyes, skin, nasal passages and upper respiratory tract, leading to the possibility of microbial and viral infection. Moisture content in the air is …