Ahh Winter. Do you ever feel like you’re just freezing in your home- only to check the thermostat and find there doesn’t seem to be any reasonable explanation?
Have you checked your humidity? Temperature and humidity go hand in hand. When the indoor relative humidity is high, there’s more moisture in the air and the warm moisture stays on our skin making us feel warmer. Conversely, when the indoor relative humidity is low, there’s little moisture in the air and that dry air will start stealing moisture from your body.
Have you noticed static electricity in your house? Static electricity in a home is a clue that the air is too dry and dry air can result in chapped lips, dry skin, sore throats, bloody noses, and an overall feeling of being chilled. Asthmatics and people who suffer from sinusitis or other respiratory problems can also suffer more in conditions with dry air.
During the Winter months, the ideal indoor relative humidity is between 40-60%, which can be achieved by use of a humidifier. If you discover your indoor humidity is low, you may want to consider investing in a humidifier to increase the moisture in your home.
As we’re all spending more time indoors, ensure your conditions are optimum for comfort and warmth. Once you’ve addressed the indoor humidity level, try some of these additional tips:
• Add insulation to your home and apply weather stripping to air leaks
• Dress in layers and use electric blankets
• Replace your furnace’s air filter
• Set your ceiling fans to reverse to mix the warm and cold air
• Consider purchasing insulating curtains
• Have your blood tested for low iron and eat iron rich foods
• Get some exercise