Humidity to the Rescue?


As I’m sure you all know, I struggle with dry skin and really bad allergies. I was researching what kind of damage humidity does to wood for a story and ended up on the Mayo Clinic website via a link in the article about low humidity damage to wood. Humidity in a home should be 30 to 50%, but according to the Mayo Clinic if you struggle with dry skin not helped by lotion, chronic thirst, or really bad allergies it could be because the humidity in your house isn’t high enough and while 30% is ideal for some, it isn’t ideal for everyone and some people just require more humidity.

I suffer from all three of those. And I recently bought a new digital temp gauge for my basement office that gives temp and humidity. My office seems to average right at 30% humidity. But, I’ve never really used a humidifier because they cause my mom sinus problems, which I further learned isn’t uncommon with warm mist vaporizers and humidifiers, but is less common with cool mist humidifiers.

There were all sorts of tips for increasing the humidity in a house without a humidifier; such as showering with doors open and hanging clothes to dry on a drying rack. But those things aren’t really options in my house. It’s hard to shower with the doors open when you have three adults in a home. Furthermore, to build my shower we had to remove the area where we could hang dry clothes. Right now, there’s a shower rod and curtain and it could be used, but it’s one of those shower rods that is held in place by pressure and while I occasionally hang a dry shirt or two on it, it won’t hold more than a couple dry shirts before it falls, so wet clothes would be impossible unless we installed a secure shower curtain rod held in place by brackets that are screwed into the tiles. Now, we could let the dishwasher air dry our dishes, but then the door would be in the way and with our dogs that could mean a new dishwasher door or a vet bill because when they are excited they run into things that are always in the same place, I can’t imagine how they would do with the dishwasher door down part of the time.

I turned to Amazon. Now, before you jump on me for not shopping locally during the pandemic, I don’t know much about humidifiers except what I’ve read on the internet. I know I want a cool mist with variable speeds and a safety cut off should the tank go dry, but otherwise, yeah. Our bedroom is about 300 square feet. My office is smaller. Unlike a physical store; Amazon allows me to look at reviews and comments of other people, which I like when I’m buying something I have no personal experience with. I considered whole house humidifiers, but if the cool mist bothers mom just as much as the warm mist, that would be bad. Meaning for our first foray into the world of humidifiers I need individual room humidifiers.

We’ll see how it goes. I’m going to start with two; one in our bedroom and one in my office and see if that helps with any of the above mentioned issues and see how mom handles it. My goal is to get the humidity of those two rooms to consistently stay around 40%, because I may be one of those people that just requires more humidity. And it said having enough humidity for your body, might even improve your sleep quality.

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