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Old 12-14-2010, 09:50 AM   #1
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thrifty way to fix dry air??

Its a whopping 27* with a wind chill of 14*, not good for a southern home not intended for this kind of cold. Heat is going like crazy and house air is dry, so everybody is feeling it. What are some good, thrifty ways to up the humidity? TIA

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Old 12-14-2010, 09:58 AM   #2
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I just run the humidifier on low throughout the day...my best friend's mom used to just boil a huge pot of water off and on through the day to keep some moisture in the air.
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simmer water with some slices of oranges and a cinnamon stick for a scent.
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If you have radiant heat, you can put water in metal mixing bowls and just set on top of the radiators. Otherwise, I'd do the boiling trick above-makes your home smell great
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If you have radiant heat, you can put water in metal mixing bowls and just set on top of the radiators. Otherwise, I'd do the boiling trick above-makes your home smell great
This is what we do at our home. My DS has eczema and the dry air causes flare ups so we usually just boil water or put the bowl above our heating unit.
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:39 AM   #6
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do it in a crock pot on high and start with boiling water somewhere central in your house. Plan meals that require boiling water and let the water boil a little longer before starting the pasta or whatever. Dont use the exhaust fan for steam when showering instead use a fan to blow the steam into the house. This helps us when we get the dry desert santa ana winds.
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I run a humidifier in the kids' bedroom every time we are up there and all night and I line dry clothing in my room on racks. Downstairs I boil a stockpot of water on a daily basis nearly. We have forced hot air heat and it's SO drying having hot air literally blowing out of the walls and floor all the time. My kids have really really dry skin lately because of it so it's been hard to keep that at bay.
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If you can ever afford to, an inline humidifier works wonders and has helped my psoriasis and the kids sinus issues too. Well worth the $$. Ours was $300 installed.
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Another cheap & easy homemade humidifier trick - Take a clean sponge, wet it and set it on top of your heating vent. This works best for short term use since the sponge dries out & can get nasty pretty quick, but it sounds like a short term fix is what you need.
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