When the air in your home is being heated during the cold winter months, it can get pretty dry and uncomfortable. Here at Apartment Therapy, we've recommended humidifiers to keep the air in your home healthy. But there are other things you can do to help add humidity when the air's drying out your skin, furniture, and woodwork.
In the same way that you might decorate with vases of flowers or bowls of fruit, try decorating with bowls of water. Place a few around your house and the water will evaporate into the dry air. One step further, if you have radiant steam heat: place a water bowl on top of radiators to heat the water and aid in evaporation.
If you ever take baths, leave the water in the tub after you've finished bathing. Letting it sit and cool completely allows more moisture to evaporate into the air than when you're showering.
Cook on the stovetop. Not only is this a cozy practice during cold winter weather, it also releases moisture into your home's air. If you're cooking something that can be done either on the stovetop or in the oven, opt for the stovetop when the air is dry. The oven dries the air out even more, but the stovetop adds much-needed moisture.
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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