Condo Blues: How Do You Fight Dry Winter Air In Your Home?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

How Do You Fight Dry Winter Air In Your Home?

During the winter, furnaces keep our houses warm but they also dry out the air. If you find ways to add moisture to the dry heated air in your home during the winter, it makes you feel warmer because moist humid air feels warmer than dry air, reduces static electricity, and if you’re me keeps your skin from drying out and itching and driving you crazy.

I keep the thermostat set at 58 degrees during the day but the heater still drys out the air in my home.

To add moisture to the air, I have

  • Place bowls of water in front of the heat registers. 
  • I line-drying laundry on hangers in our second bathroom. I admit that line drying laundry is a bit of a pain, but it also saves electricity (although I do use the dryer to fluff up stiff dry towels and jeans and to dewrinkle shirts.) 
  • Open the dishwasher and pull out the rack and let the dishes air dry
These things help keep static electricity down so I get that look from Blitzkrieg after we’ve shocked each other that says, “Why did you do that? You promised me that no one would hurt me ever again!”

Static electricity is not my friend.

But my skin is dry and I’m power scratching even after I’ve slathered myself from head to toe in shea butter several times a day (TMI?)

I’m considering a fountain but I wonder if it’s going to add any more moisture to the air than the big decorative bowl of water I already have sitting on a table in the hallway.

I’m thinking that I’ll have to break down and buy the humidifier that my doctor keeps telling me that I should use to keep my skin from drying out. I’ve been avoiding it because it looks like a pain to clean because they get yucky often, don’t they? And then I have to deal with dispoable filters don't I? And what size do I get? How often so I have to run it? What about cleaning it?

To humidifier or not to humidifier? That is the question…

Any thoughts or recommendations?

What do you do to add moisture to the dry winter air in your home?