Baby It's Cold Outside...It Needs to be MORE Humid INSIDE !

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

 It's that time of year when the wind in the "not always sunshine states" bites the nose and burns the toes ....the snow Old Man Wintercrunches 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 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...fancyHygrometer 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 very well.  This is an item that in our floor humidifierarea, 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 adecorative humidifiernd 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 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.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Sally and David. Dry air not an issue in Florida but certainly has reared its head here back in Chicago! Enjoy your day!

Jan 08, 2017 06:47 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally and David. In my previous home I had a humidifier on my furnace. In current really old home that isn't possible so it is done with the smaller ones.

Jan 08, 2017 07:23 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Sally and David --- while I knew there were options for this category, I never knew all the reasons or the types available.  

Jan 08, 2017 07:24 AM #3
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

In areas where outdoor humidity is high, indoors a level of 30% or more will invite the introduction of molds.  FYI

Jan 08, 2017 07:32 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Sunday Sally and David,  we have the dryness in the summer months and evn today we have 63% humidity.

Jan 08, 2017 07:42 AM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

We have a unit running in our bedroom from October through May. It makes a huge difference in our quality of breathing and sleeping.

Jan 08, 2017 08:20 AM #6
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Great reminder, Sally.  It is so important of sinus infections do happen.

Jan 08, 2017 08:34 AM #7
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

We have one in our basement running all year long.

Jan 08, 2017 09:13 AM #8
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

When i wa sin the Keys last weekend humidity was 82. Come home and it is 10. I need to fond a happy medium Sally K. & David L. Hanson  . 

Jan 08, 2017 03:40 PM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the advice, Sally and David.  Not something we often have to deal with down here in Florida, but it does happen.

Jan 08, 2017 05:01 PM #10
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

What a great idea to put a himidifier in our homes during these cold winter months. I forgot about how good they are for the health. Thanks for the reminder.

Jan 08, 2017 05:30 PM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David my nasals get dried out this time of the year and I get nose bleeds.  What I have recently found which has been helping a lot is a "Sterile Saline" nasal mist.  It is easy to use, and has almost eliminated the nose bleeds.

Jan 08, 2017 05:35 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is excellent information to share. My dry skin is a good indicaton that we need more moisture in our home.

Jan 09, 2017 06:49 PM #13
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

We have gas heat and actually quit using the humidifer. Our thermostat is high tech and reads the humidity in the air and we are just right. This is good information to share.

Jan 09, 2017 06:59 PM #14
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Sally and David

Thanks for sharing the tips.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 10, 2017 08:25 PM #15
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Sally and David

Adding humidity to a home in the heating is important . . . . and is a big help for dry skin.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig


Jan 11, 2017 06:36 PM #16
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