Natural Ways to add Humidity to your Home

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Green Tip

For weeks, my husband and I have been complaining about the dry air in our home. We’re both waking up congested and our clothes are annoyingly static-y. Outside of investing in a warm air humidifier, we wanted to see if there were any natural ways to add humidity in our home. Here’s what we found:

Adding houseplants can add moisture to your home by a process known as transpiration. Keeping the plants well watered enables moisture to evaporate from the leaves and stems of plants, adding much needed humidity to the air in your home.

You can also add moisture to the air by strategically placing bowls or vases of water near sunny windows. The heat from the sun will cause the water to slowly evaporate. You can also place them near other sources of heat like a vent or radiator. Placing a bowl of water on top of a radiator will heat the water and aid in evaporation. Just make sure you only use metal or heat-resistant glass containers near heat sources!

Lastly — Hanging your laundry out to dry instead of running it through the dryer is another easy way to add moisture to the air, and this tip will save energy too. Air drying clothes reduces static electricity as well.

– Contributed by Brooke Lehenbauer, Volunteer Coordinator