Simmering a pot of water on the stove adds humidity to the air without a humidifier. Set the temperature to low to heat the water. Add more water, and adjust the setting as necessary to prevent the pot from boiling dry. Line drying laundry inside the house also increases humidity.Continue Reading
Heating water converts it to a vapor from steam. Placing a pot on the stove is an effective means of increasing humidity. When using the simmering pot method, leave the kitchen vent off so the humidity the pot creates remains inside the house.
Increase humidity in areas away from the kitchen by line drying clothes inside the home. Stretch a clothesline, or purchase a folding drying rack. Wash a load of laundry, and hang it to dry. Hanging laundry to dry reduces energy consumption and adds up to 2 1/2 gallons of water to the air in a home each week. If there is no dirty laundry, run a few towels through the rinse and spin cycle of the washing machine, and hang them to dry.
A lack of humidity is often a problem in the winter when the furnace of heating systems dries the air in the home. The dry air dries occupants' skin and respiratory passages. Increasing the moisture levels in the air provides relief for itchy skin and stuffy noses. While machines are available for the task, they are not always necessary.Learn more about Heating & Cooling
To install a Desert Spring humidifier, mount the unit on the cold air return side of any forced air heating system, and then connect the electricity, water and air supply. The Desert Spring humidifier manual, which is available online, provides detailed instructions and images about the installation process.Full Answer >
Reasons that a gas furnace leaks water can include a leak in the air conditioning evaporator or a leak in the humidifier. Water can leak in and around a high-efficiency furnace if the condensate drain tubes are disconnected or clogged.Full Answer >
When the humidity is low, the evaporation of water by a swamp cooler lowers the air temperature. These devices use a fan to pull air across wet pads to cause evaporation. The process lowers air temperature by 15 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
A humidifier should be set between 45 and 50 percent relative humidity. The variance in humidity levels is based on how dry or how moist a person wants the air to be.Full Answer >