Humidity Can Be "Your Friend" !

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Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

 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.

  hygrometerWinter 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 onevaporizer 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.

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Kathy Streib
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Sally and David- when we lived in Leesburq,VA we added a house humidifier and it really helped ! I also had one for my orchids when I brought them in for the winter!

Dec 28, 2018 09:20 PM #1
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I'm like you, I love lots of covers and COLD air when I'm sleeping, Sally! Sadly, Ray likes the heat up and we have a silent thermostat battle each and every day - I turn it down, he turns it up! LOL

Dec 28, 2018 10:53 PM #2
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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I just had to read this with that title Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

 

only  a few days left of 2018..

Dec 28, 2018 11:01 PM #3
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Sally & David,

This is a topic that I need to study some more. Keeping humidity in your home at a pleasant level without causing problems in all sorts of weather does not seem that easy.

Dec 28, 2018 11:16 PM #4
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Sally & David I never liked humidity, such as N.J., TX and FL to name a few... give me AZ dry any day:)Endre

Dec 28, 2018 11:16 PM #5
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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Looks like we need to bump the dehumidifier down a couple of notches. The 50% - 60% was okay but a little experimentation won't hurt. Thank You!

Dec 29, 2018 12:47 AM #6
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James Dray
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Morning Sally.

67º is not comfortable for me.  74 is, As far as the humidity, in the summer around here it is brutal.

Dec 29, 2018 01:32 AM #7
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Kat Palmiotti
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I never thought of using a humidifier in my home until I received one as a gift. The air is almost always humid here, but in the winter when the heat is on, the house does get dry. The humidifier has definitely helped when sleeping.

Dec 29, 2018 02:58 AM #8
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Sally and David. Like you I like it colder when I sleep at night. And, we do pay attention to the humidity level! Enjoy your day!

Dec 29, 2018 04:34 AM #9
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson I have a pellet stove running full force in the cold winter months.... but I sleep with the window cracked open and a down comforter over me.... that gives me 7 solid hours of sleep every night...

Dec 29, 2018 04:44 AM #10
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Very dry air is very unhealthy Endre Barath, Jr. ...to have "none" is  not a cosmetic issue. I have been HOT above  60 something forever Barbara Todaro ...a pellet stove would fry me.  My parents had the same thermostat issues Debe Maxwell, CRS  but my Mom was always the one who liked it very warm.

Dec 29, 2018 04:53 AM #11
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for sharing. I learned something new from your post

Dec 29, 2018 04:56 AM #12
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Sally. You are right and I suffer from dry skin too. Nice post.

Dec 29, 2018 05:25 AM #13
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Nina Hollander
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HI Sally, in winter I turn the heat off completely at night, as I like to sleep in a cooler environment. Fortunately, I don't suffer from dry skin... but still layer on moisturizers every day like they are going out of style.

Dec 29, 2018 05:36 AM #14
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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These are actually great tips for Arizona, as it is very dry here year round.  I have certainly acclimated and would have to figure out what to do in a place that has a higher humidity, haha.

Dec 29, 2018 06:17 AM #15
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Gabe Sanders
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Good morning Sally and David.  Here in Florida, we need de-humidifiers much more than vaporizers.  Though, all of your concerns about humidity are the same down here.

Dec 29, 2018 06:50 AM #16
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Sally and David our house is all electric, which makes keeping the proper humidity a challenge.

Dec 29, 2018 08:15 AM #17
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Will Hamm
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Blankets and cold air works great for me sleeping but doing the morning, I turn a small heater on to take the chill out of my office then turn it off.

 

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Your blog title certainly got my attention!  I don't think about how the dry winter air can really affect a home's inside environment.  Good tips!

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