Like many of you this season...we have had a parade of company in our house to toast the holiday. Regardless of the season...you will find our thermostat set at 67 degrees. We have lots of sunlight and walls of windows ...we like sleeping with layers of blankets and not warm air. We had several guests who said that while they were at home and other places they had all the physical issues one can have caused by dry air.
Winter brings drier air and that can make a difference in your health and the health of your home as well. If the air is too dry...your skin, nails and hair will "suffer". You may have a scratchy throat, irritated eyes and nose, cracked lips, bloody noses and your sinuses also react painfully. The EPA tells us that ideal relative indoor humidity in the winter is 30-40%, If it exceeds that level it may appear as condensation on the windows a which can drip down on window sills and can damage the wood.
A hygrometer will guage the amount of humidity you have in the air of your home. Be careful not to place it too near a bathroom or kitchen where too much water is running and will influence the reading.
You may choose a humidifier that is attached to your furnace or one that you may place in a room and will humidify a whole floor of a house...or if you are battling a cold...consider a cold air vaporizer for your bedroom. Humidity in the air will also make the air feel warmer, dialing down the thermostat will lower your heating bill. This is also especially important if you have a fireplace or stove that robs the air of humidity.
Vaporizers come in both hot and cold water varieties. We prefer cold water because it feels less "jungle" like and also because Dini LOVES water....and knocking over a cold water unit is much safer than a hot one.
This has been a healthy winter post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty honored to be of service in southeastern Wisconsin for all things real estate.