With the onset of cold weather and the inclusion of central heating, the air in the house becomes very dry. If you value your health, then you simply cannot do without a humidifier. You can buy it in the store, or you can make it from improvised means that everyone has in the house.
How to understand that the air in the apartment is dry
First of all, you can determine the dry air in the apartment or not by houseplants. Without the right percentage of moisture, green plants will be the first to take the hit and begin to dry.
Dry air is also bad for your health. The first signal that you need hydration is the drying of the nasal mucosa, and this leads to itching, irritation and sometimes bleeding. Also, due to the drying of the protective membranes in the mucous membrane of the throat, the risk of catching colds increases.
Your skin also suffers from low moisture. When there is not enough moisture in the air, the skin begins to dry, itching, peeling appear, lips begin to crack, acne appears.
Hair suffers from dry air. They become brittle and dry. If the air is not sufficiently humidified, then no oils and balms help.
You are constantly shocked by touching blankets and woolen clothes. Dry air increases the concentration of static electricity.
If the air is very dry, there is little oxygen in it. Due to the shortage, the metabolic process slows down and as a result you feel sleepy more often and get tired faster.
You may become allergic to dust. This is because warm air rises and cold air sinks. Because of these movements, the dust does not settle on the surfaces of the furniture, but flies around the apartment, getting into your nose and throat.
Why you need to humidify the air
To get rid of all the unpleasant consequences that dry indoor air causes, it must be constantly moistened. The norm of humidity, which you must try to comply with, should be 40-50% for an adult. For children, this rate is much higher. Most often, children feel good when the humidity in the room is 70-80%. Therefore, in order for the child to feel well and get sick less, the necessary level of humidity must be observed in the children’s room.
How to humidify the air
Arrange water containers on the batteries
Put a container of water on the battery or just anywhere in the room. Water from will not evaporate, and the air will be saturated with moisture. This method does not require large expenditures of money and time, since you need to add plain tap water once every two weeks as it evaporates.
Dry clothes on batteries
A good way to quickly dry things and at the same time increase humidity. If things are not suitable for drying on a battery, then you can put a dryer with wet clothes in the bedroom next to the radiator. Sleeping in such a room will be much more pleasant.
Hang wet towels on radiators
If you don’t have freshly washed clothes, then an ordinary wet towel will save you. Wet it with plenty of water and hang hot batteries.
Wipe flowers from dust and sprinkle water on them
Flowers also need care, and they also help maintain the required level of humidity in the premises. There are even special species that do the best for this task, such as dracaena, ficus or aloe.
Install a humidifier
There are also electronic humidifiers that will help in the fight against dry air. But they have several disadvantages, for example, some models can leak and damage furniture. If there is no humidity meter on the device, then there is a risk of overdoing it and then you will have to dry the air. They can only be used with windows and doors closed to get the desired effect.
Boil the water
An emergency way to humidify the air is to boil a pot of water. Remember to put the boiling water in a safe place.
Spray the curtains
Wet the curtains with a spray bottle and open a window to let fresh warm air in. You can carry out this procedure only when there are no frosts on the street, otherwise you risk ruining the curtains with ice crystals.
Ventilate the room more often
This is a mandatory item. Running fresh air from the street, natural humidity enters the room with it. Leave the windows slightly ajar at night if it is raining or snowing outside.