Humidifying your home can be a very costly affair. Sometimes we tend to just go to the store and buy whatever promises a solution to our problems and later find out that the investment was either not worth it or that we could have solved it cheaper differently. Dry air is not a new phenomenon. Our ancestors dealt with it and back then they didn't have the expensive humidifiers and vaporizers. So how did they do it?
They simply added water to the air by evaporation. If you just got up to boil some water or run the hot shower, stop! While this would do the trick it would surely not be cost effective. The object is to save money, not just to prevent the purchase of yet another appliance. Besides the solution is much simpler than that. You will need water. Regular tap water will work just fine for our venture. There are several ways to humidify your home choose one or all, see which one works best for you or combine several for greater results.
You can buy a spray bottle or wash out one that was filled with cleaning supplies such as Windex. Fill it with water and spray your curtains lightly. Heat accelerates evaporation but is not necessarily needed. The water will evaporate no matter what the temperature. Don't expect to have air like in the rain forest within five minutes. Repeat the spraying daily and your air will feel better within a day or so. In summer time this method can also be used to cool the air cutting down on use of the air conditioning and thus saving even more money.
Another option is to use the heat you already have to speed up evaporation. Whatever your heating method at home is, place a container with water as close as possible to the source of heat such as heating vents or fire places. Dishwashers, dryers and stoves that are used daily are great places for your evaporators. As a general rule, the higher the temperature the higher the rate of evaporation and the smaller the amount of water in a container the faster temperature effects it. If you picture water in layers, only the top layer evaporates. So the bigger the surface of water the more water can evaporate. For this reason try to choose flat wide containers over tall slim ones for best results. Remember to check your containers regularly and to refill them when necessary.
Opening windows even in winter time for 5 minutes a day will allow a healthy exchange of air bringing natural moisture inside without significantly lower the temperature. This is not only money wise humidifying but also has many other health benefits as well as preventing mold and mildew.
Add some plants to your home. Whether in form of decorative plants or herbs they all will bring more moisture to the air. When looking for plants for humidifying stay away from succulents and cactus as they store water and because of that add only minimal to your climate.
There are many other options to humidifying your home, some more expensive than others. The main reason I choose to use these methods in my home is because they work, they cost next to nothing and besides getting rid of the dry air I can at will add fragrances to the water to freshen up the air even more.