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How To Deal With Dry Indoor Air

A humidifier adding humidity to the air

Utah is known for its dry air. That dry air combined with the heat of the summer can make for some uncomfortable conditions. Utah’s air has been listed as the 8th driest in the nation, “….with less humidity than the air in Africa’s Sahara.” Dry air leads to dry skin, dry eyes, even dried out wood furniture. You can’t do much about the air outside, but you can keep your home comfortable with just a few of these tips and tricks.

1. Keep Your House Sealed.

The dry heat is coming from outside, do your best to keep it there. Using weather strips, caulking any cracks, and keeping your house sealed will help to keep the dry heat out and keep the cool air in.

2. Use of Water.

Humidity comes from water—having more water in your house will help to increase humidity. Try boiling water, the water will evaporate into the air and increase humidity levels. Even having vases with flowers around the house will increase humidity. Even leaving a few inches of water in a bathtub will help to decrease your air’s dryness–just be careful not to leave water sitting in a closed-off room, as too much moisture can lead to mold.

3. Crack the door when you shower.

Showering fills your bathroom with steam, if you can get that steam to fill the rest of your home, you can reduce the amount of dry air in your home. Crack your bathroom door to let some of that steam out.

4. Potted Plants Can Help.

House plants can increase your home’s humidity through transpiration—a process where plants take up water from the soil with their roots and release it through the leave’s pores into the air. Not all plants will have this effect, be sure you do your research before you purchase some for your home. Regularly watering plants and misting leaves will also help to increase humidity.

5. Use Your Stovetops and Crockpots.

Cooking on your stovetop will release humidity into your air, especially if you are boiling water or steaming veggies. Cooking in your crockpot will also release steam into the air and combat dryness.

6. Get a Whole-Home Humidifier.

Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating, and Air installs whole-home humidifiers that can solve all of your dry air problems. A whole-home humidifier adds moisture back into the air through a cool mist or steam automatically. This is a cost-effective option to increase your home’s humidity and make it a more comfortable place. Learn more about a whole-home humidifier here.

Keep your home cool and comfortable this summer as you combat dryness with a little help from the experts at Black Diamond Electric, Plumbing, Heating, and Air. Learn more about what Black Diamond can do to make your home a little more comfortable this summer here.

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