Our winter weather has been horrid! I am thankful we have not had snow but it has been incredibly cold! Last week, it was so cold, my fingers and toes were freezing. These days, I wear two or three layers outside and inside. I even bought two space heaters!
With the cold temperatures, I am always concerned with what that does to our skin. Each winter, my skin gets so dry that my skin looks white and ashy! My husband and son have the same issue. I need to take the time to apply extra layers of lotion and coconut oil. Sometimes, it is just too cold to remove my clothes to apply the lotion! I’d rather stay under the blankets!
I also have a nice air purifier and humidifier that I keep in the living room. Not only does it help keep the humidity in the air for my houseplants but also for my family. Now, I have the Honeywell Cool Moisture Humidifier to keep near our bedrooms. I keep it in the hallway to help cover both of our bedrooms. It is so cold and the extra humidity helps keep us protected.
The Honeywell Cool Moisture Humidifier was easy to set up. Just click each piece into place, fill the water tank, plug in and turn on!
I use humidifiers in the winter because I find myself drinking less water when it is so cold. To encourage myself to drink water, I decided that I will make a big pot of tea so that I can drink it in the evening.
My son’s lips always get so dry and cracked in the winter months. I’ve been applying lip balm and coconut oil to his lips and even after he falls asleep just for the extra layer of protection. I know he doesn’t drink as much water as he should during the winter months and the cold air doesn’t help.
The Honeywell Cool Moisture Humidifier is so quiet that I have to check to see if the light is on. I leave it running all day and evening. I find that I need to change the water every evening. The tank is lightweight and easy to fill with water. I can easily clean the inside of the tank with the wide opening!
Honeywell’s Humidity Checklist
1. Wood Furniture: Has your favorite wooden bench seemed a little shakier? It could be because of low humidity. Wood absorbs and desorbs water as relative humidity rises and falls, which causes it to swell and shrink. This results in furniture joints becoming loose or even pulling apart.
2. Musical Instruments: Not sounding quite right? Low humidity levels may be to blame for your instrument falling out of tune. Natural wood instruments such as guitars, violins and pianos can be damaged when the wood contracts resulting in failed glue joints or cracks.
3. Books: Low humidity causes the pages of books to become more brittle and fragile, and the dimensions of the pages can even change as the paper absorbs and desorbs water. This leads to wrinkles in the paper, flaking ink, or warped covers on books.
4. Woodwork and Wood Floors: If you’ve noticed a slight bend in your wood floors, or gaps between the planks, it could be because of low humidity. As the wood expands and contracts, mitered corners can separate and floors can “cup” so that the floor doesn’t remain flat.
5. Wine: Does your uncorked bottle of wine not taste right? Wine corks can dry out, shrink and crack if exposed to low humidity over time, allowing air to come into contact with the wine and potentially ruin the bottle.
6. Artwork: Maintaining humidity levels is vital for protecting artwork around the home. Low moisture levels tend to make paint brittle and prone to cracking, which is especially detrimental to oil paintings on canvas.
7. Stamp Collections: Much like books, repeated absorption and desorption of water can ruin stamps by making them brittle or discolored.
8. Photograph Collections: Have you noticed your new photographs looking more like your parents’ photo albums? When photographs curl up at the ends, it’s likely due to low humidity levels. They can also result in the photo emulsion flaking off and damaging the photograph.
9. Walls: Peeling wallpaper and separated drywall seams can be a sign of low humidity in the home. The porous materials may crack and separate when exposed to low levels.
10. Electronic Equipment: Static electricity brought on by low humidity levels can damage internal components of computers, televisions and other electronics – a lot more damaging than dealing with static in your hair!
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