The air can get pretty dry this time of year. Not only can
dry air cause physical irritations such as dry skin and greater susceptibility
to illness, but it can also damage homes — extra dust, cracks in wood floors or
furniture, and even damage to electronics through static electric charges could
be problems homeowners experience.
Mention this to your clients and suggest that they test the
air in their homes with a hygrometer or indoor humidity monitor, available in
the home section of many stores. If the humidity level is below 30 percent,
it’s time that they start hydrating their home. Luckily, this is easy to do and
we’ve included 8 tips you can pass along to present yourself as the “air
1. Use a humidifier.
These can be found at nearly any store that sells home goods. Many kinds are
available, including warm-mist and cool-mist, so suggest that your clients do a
little research to find out what’s best for them.
evaporation. Instead of machine-powered humidity, distribute shallow dishes
of water near radiators, heating vents or sunny windows so the heat can help
evaporate the water into the air.
3. Hang-dry laundry.
Let clean clothes air-dry and the air will soak up that moisture.
4. Add houseplants.
Plants naturally release water vapor through a process called transpiration.
(Bonus: They’ll help purify the air of a closed-up house, too!)
5. Take advantage of
bathroom steam. Instead of using a bathroom fan during a shower, set up a
room fan to push the damp air out of the bathroom and into other rooms in your
6. Mist the air.
Spay water from a squirt bottle in a fine mist. Don’t go overboard — you don’t
want to damage carpet, furniture or other parts of your home. Spray just enough
that it’ll evaporate quickly. (You could even mix in some lemon juice or essential
oil to the water to freshen the air as well.)
7. Skip the dry cycle
on the dishwasher. Instead of using your dishwasher’s dry cycle, just open
the door and let the dishes air dry.
8. Boil water.
Simply put a pot of water on the stove and let it boil. (But don’t forget to
make sure the pan doesn’t run out of water!)