When your home has low levels of relative humidity, you are likely to experience the discomfort that comes from dry air. Putting moisture back into the air in your house combats these negative effects and helps you to be healthier and to feel more comfortable in your own home again.

All it takes to add moisture to the air is some sort of humidity system. You don’t need to have a machine or a device do it for you and there are some natural ways to increase humidity levels in your house. That being said, some humidifying machines are much more efficient than other natural methods. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, you have a lot of options:


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  1. Get a freestanding or tabletop humidifier

These humidifier types can be used for single rooms or larger spaces in your home. They usually have a water basin of some sort, either small or large depending on the machine, and they are connected to whatever apparatus makes the humidity. Almost all humidifiers will use electricity.

This is one of the best ways to get a sizeable amount of moisture back into the air in a shorter period of time. Humidifiers are consistent and effective when filled and maintained properly.

  1. Invest in whole-house humidity systems

Just like a freestanding unit, a whole-house humidifier is an electricity-powered machine that operates in one of four ways to spread humidity around your home. The difference is that whole- house humidifiers work in conjunction with your furnace or air conditioner to spread the humid air around your entireresidence by way of the ventilation system.

  1. Boiling water or cooking

Boiling water puts humidity back into the air by creating steam. Steam will spread around the house and create higher humidity levels. Your everyday cooking can also increase humidity although if you are already cooking daily and the levels are still low you may need to do more than just that.

  1. Let steam escape from the shower

Showering is a good way to create extra humidity quickly. You can either run the shower for a few minutes with the bathroom doors open or crack the door ajar just a bit while you are actually getting ready for the day. This will help to give a quick burst of humidity into your home while also keeping the bathroom from getting too moist.

  1. Wet down the curtains

It might sound strange, but if you open up your windows and spray your curtains with water you can attract more humidity into your house. Try not to soak them too much, but a damp curtain with wind blowing through it acts similarly to a humidifier that operates with a fan and a water-wicking filter. As the air blows through the curtain, it picks up water particles and spreads them around to increase humidity levels.

  1. Keep a fish tank or potted plant

Both fish tanks and potted plants automatically cause your humidity levels to increase in the rooms they are in. Fish tanks may product more humidity depending on their size but potted plants are also a great source for improving the ambience of your home.

  1. Place a water vessel near the heat source

If you heat your home with a wood stove, central furnace, space heater, (or anything else that is not hooked up directly to the ventilation system) then you may want to consider putting a container with water near to the heat source. This will automatically cause evaporation and will help to compensate for the dry air that radiates from the heater.


Using humidifiers is one of the most effective approaches but they do require some energy usage. However, you can find very energy-efficient models whichcan bring great benefits to your home without actually taking away much energy!


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