It's that time of year when the wind in the "not always sunshine states" bites the nose and burns the toes ....the snow crunches under foot....and the furnace gets a workout to keep homes at a comfortable indoor temperature.
One of the things that also happens during colder months is that the air is dry. You may feel it your sinuses, your skin is drier ...even the wood in your home...be it furniture or structure "knows" that there is less humidity in the house.
Remedy....A humidifier ! We do not recommend the humidifers that attach to the furnace for several reasons. One important one is that the humidifier at that location can rust the interior parts of your furnace and you can find that the heat exvchanger and other parts have rusted beyond repair and if there is significant damage, a new furnace is in order.
We recommend that you get a hygrometer...fancy name for the instrument that measures humidity. The recommended level for humidity in a house is between 40 and 60 percent. You can get hygrometers that are functional and quite inexpensive or more decorative and more expensive, whatever you choose.
There are now a number of kinds of humidifiers you can use that will help you through those dry spells. There are larger floor units that can handle many square feet, are relatively quiet and in our experience...work very well. This is an item that in our area, sometimes sells out quickly in December and January and you may find that you will have to order a unit online.
Another kind of humidifier which in recent years has taken on more and more decorative shapes are lots smaller and while more decorative, also of course require filling more frequently.
There are many choices online or in hardware and department stores in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
Another "one room" option is to use a vaporizer...we prefer the cold water version and
have given many of these along with chicken soup to someone with a cold, bronchitis or a touch of pneumonia. Hot showers without the fan on and inhaling the humidified air is a highly recommended "lung cleanser."
We may be more humidity....or rather lack of humidity sensitive than many people...and also experience issues with dry air when we travel. If you don't remember to bring a portable humidifier....Run a hot shower, leave the door open and humidify the rest of the hotel suite. You can also leave shallow water in the bathtub and sinks to help promote healthier air.
Cold or Desert air doesn't have to be dry air....help yourself and your health by promoting humidity.
This is a public service announcement brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with Keller Williams who care about your comfort in every aspect of real estate.