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5 Ways to Add Humidity In Your Home

Since we use heat more often in the winter months, moisture levels in our homes usually get lower. Low humidity levels can can make your skin feel dry, can make it more difficult to breath, and even cause static electricity…ouch. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways we can do to increase the humidity levels in our homes.

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5 Ways to Increase Home Humidity Levels

1. Use a humidifier.

Humidifiers range in size from those that filter through your entire home to those that are best suited for one room of the house. This is the best and easiest way to add humidity quickly but it’s also the most costly.

2. Boil water on the stove.

Boiling water on the stove will add humidity to your home as the water evaporates. Depending on the size of your home, it may not adequately circulate throughout the house. However, you can keep fans on low and keep your HVAC fan in the “on” position to encourage circulation.

3. Distribute bowls of water around your home.

Placing bowls or buckets full of water in strategic places around your home will help add additional moisture to the air. The downside is that if you have kids (or clumsy adults!), they could easily get knocked over.

4. Collect water from your shower.

When taking a shower, you can keep the drain plugged to hold water in the tub until the shower is needed again. This works in a similar way to the bowls but, again, use caution if children are around.

5. Hang or line dry clothes.

Every little bit of moisture helps, even if it comes from damp clothes that are placed on hangers to dry.

Incorporating some or all of these tips should increase humidity levels in your home but this list is certainly not exhaustive. I’d love to hear your ideas! Do you have any creative ways for adding humidity to your home?

  • oh amanda November 15, 2011, 6:42 pm

    Interesting. My husband does not do well in winter b/c of the heaters. Maybe I should try some of these!

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  • Anna November 17, 2011, 8:35 am

    Good tips, but my problem is that I have too much humidity in my house because of the wash lines (my 3 kids produce a lot of dirty clothes) and that must be dried inside the house during winter time. I do not have a separate, well ventilated room for my washings unfortunately :(. What do you recommend me to do?

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    • iDreamOfClean November 17, 2011, 10:54 am

      We had the same problem in a previous house. The home was an incredibly insulated house so there was nowhere for the humidity to escape. We lowered the temperature in the house (warmer heat holds more moisture…or something like that; we asked an HVAC expert) and used a dehumidifier. There are heavy duty electric dehumidifiers and even small disposable ones that are used on fishing boats so you could put one of those near the clothes you are line drying.

      Good luck!

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  • Monica January 27, 2013, 10:45 pm

    Make soup or other slow-simmering foods on the stovetop. :)

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  • Laurie January 27, 2013, 11:09 pm

    Awesome ideas! I use to keep bowls of water on my radiators but somehow I lost that habit. {putting this on tomorrow’s to-do list!}

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  • Shannon February 16, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Fill up the crockpot and put it on low. Also you can buy a vent thingee for your dryer…it was less then $ 10 at Home Depot. We use it in the winter and it actually re-vents or recycles the dryer while it dries our clothes. The moisture removed from the wet laundry is reintroduced into the air. The dryer vent tube goes into a little chamber that just sits on the floor. We do it all winter, along with putting a container of water on several of our air heating vents. It helps a lot

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    • iDreamOfClean February 17, 2013, 10:44 pm

      GREAT tip! I’ll look into that.

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  • Vik November 23, 2013, 5:53 pm

    I go around the house with my steam ironbox using the steam burst function.

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  • Tom January 25, 2014, 7:23 am

    A steaming kettle on a wood stove helps (usually maintains 30-35%) in that part of the house which would be very dry otherwise. But it doesn’t circulate very well in our situation. We found a similar thing with the dryer in another house — way too high in the laundry area and didn’t circulate. We have an old humidifier built in the duct, but it is prone to clogging and I’ve got concerns about too much humidity and mold in the ducts. So, we usually don’t use it.

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