Help your clients avoid dry air in their homes.


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 expert.”

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.

2. Utilize 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 house.

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!)

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