February 26, 2014 11 Comments
Our house has forced-air heat: The furnace blows warm air through the ducts and out through vents in most of the rooms. Our vents are in the baseboards, so they push out the air horizontally at floor level. This tip also would work with a wall vent that is just above a shelf or table, and would probably work with floor vents or a floor furnace as well. (If you have ceiling vents or another type of heat, such as radiators, and have a humidifying tip, I’d love to hear it! Please post a comment.)
The trouble with forced-air heat is that the air coming out of the ducts is very dry. Most winters this has bothered me a bit, but this year it’s really getting to me! Maybe I’m more delicate because I’m pregnant. I have awakened at least once almost every night with my mouth completely dried out, and I often have a slight nosebleed in the morning. Our whole family had viral bronchitis in January, and the dry air was making our coughing worse. We needed more moisture!
We tried an electric humidifier. I could see mist coming out of its spout some of the time, so I knew it was doing something, and it did seem to make the air slightly gentler. But there were several things about it that bothered me: Read more…