How to Humidify a Room

Dry membranes, cracked lips and dry skin are some of the problems caused by dry air. This condition is worse in the bedroom because it causes uncomfortable, sleepless nights. You can use a humidifier to increase the condition of your room; however, this will take up more space in your room and increase your electricity bill. Fortunately, there are several ways to humidify the room without using a humidifier

How to Humidify a Room

1. Use a humidifier

There are different types of humidifiers used to release air in a room through a steam process. Before purchasing a humidifier, use a hygrometer to measure the moisture content in your room. This is a monitoring system to help you maintain the right balance of air in your room. After this, you need to determine whether you need a warm or cool mist humidifier; sometimes having a dual unit humidifier is ideal. You might also want to compare costs of the three varieties of humidifiers.

These come in different styles namely; the personal, portable and Console or Flow. You will also find varied capacities, efficiencies, area coverage and sizes. You can choose a portable, freestanding unit or whole house units. When you understand their specific properties, you will be able to select a suitable type of humidifier for your home. You need to compare the prices in order to determine if it suits your budget. As you plan on installation, it is important to determine the equipment. Consider capacity, moisture control output, refilling convenience, and ease of handling and maintenance.

Another crucial factor to note is in the operation noise level and settings. Some people prefer to have a silent model that is less noisy, easy to use and has moisture released in fine mist. It is advisable that you get all the information about the common humidifiers to help you determine their capacity, control moisture output and understand the operating process. These are quality appliances that will improve the air quality in your room by reducing air congestion.

2. Make a sponge humidifier

This type of humidifier is easy to make and use. To benefit from simplified humidifiers, place one or more sponges in a humid releasing tool in your room. This depends on your needs. To make a simple homemade room humidifier, use a large freezer plastic bag and punch in 20 holes around it. Wet the big sponge and squeeze out the excess water. Place the damp sponge inside the plastic bag and keep it in the room for increased humidity. This method works well for a small space setting.

3. Spray water on curtains

Use a spray bottle to wet your curtains until damp. Open the windows to allow warm air in through the curtain filters. This will evaporate the water in the curtains effectively creating a humid atmosphere.

4. Dry clothes indoors

When you dry clothes by hanging them inside the house, the effect is increased humidity level in your room. You can do this by installing hang lines in the house. Alternatively, you can use a hanger.

5. Add houseplant

The United States Geological Society recommends that you add a plant to your room for more moisture. This is because having a houseplant in the room helps to add moisture to the room temperature through a transpiration process. When the plant is watered, it releases moisture through its roots to the leaves pores, which will consequently release the moisture to the room.

6. Place water near heat source

A radiator heat in your room is also an effective way to improve the moisture content in your room. It works when you place a pot or water container near the source of your radiator heat for the water to evaporate; this becomes humidity and thus moistens the air. You can also place a pan containing water on the radiator. Alternatively, you can also use any heat source as an alternative to the radiator. Note that you do not have to place the dish of water directly on the heat for the evaporation to occur.

7. Use shower

Switch on the hot shower in order to release humid air inside the room. To allow bathroom steam to enter inside the room open the hot shower and let it run. Lock the bathroom door and adjacent room door for 5 minutes then close the shower. Open the doors for steam to circulate in the room. This will increase humidity levels considerably.

8. Boil water

For a quick and effective method of enhancing humidity in the room, boil water in a large pot to increase the moisture level in your house. Close the lid as the water gets heated, and open it after the water has reached the boiling point. Place the hot pot in a safe place to avoid burns. Add drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil for a sweet therapeutic smell, which is also effective in killing germs and flu treatment.

9. Other tips

  • Damp towel under heat

You can humidify the room by placing a damp hand towel over a heat vent in the room. Once the furnace cycles or the vent is switched on, it will release warm air, which will forcefully remove warm water from the towel to dampen the room

  • Indoor fountain

Installing a fountain inside the room will create a calming and relaxing effect through the sound of moving water; it also has extra humidity released in the air. This has a soothing sensation on your skin leaving it feeling moistened.

  • Fish tank

You can use a fish tank to create humid air. Use a partially open tank to effectively increase the moisture

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