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December 15th, 2017

We heat with wood, which means the air in the house is dry. There are houseplants and pots of water on the back of the wood stove, but even with these measures, the humidity in the house hovers between 28-30%. Finally, we decided to break down a get a cool mist humidifier.
After much research, we settled on this version, mostly because it has the capacity to add essential oils to it. This time of year we love putting balsam fir essential oil in our diffusers to add a wintery scent. Now we can just put them in our humidifier.
So far, we’re happy with the amount of water we can put in the reservoir and how much humidity it adds to the air. We probably should get another one or two since our house is so large, but for now, this one will do. We were lucky in Ohio, our home was always at a good level, we didn’t need to add any moisture to the air.

Do you have to run a humidifier in the winter?

4 Comments to “So…….Dry………”
  1. JJ on December 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

    A humidifier is a must in our home during the winter. Our heating system is forced air, and while it keep out little old house nice and warm, the air is super dry. The old-school version I used years ago in an apartment with vintage cast-iron radiators was to just put pans of water on top of them. Prone to the occasion spill, but effective…

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    • Lorna on December 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

      I had to smile–we live in a vintage New England house with cast-iron radiators, and I love to put the wet laundry over them in the winter!

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  2. Tom Wolfe on December 15, 2017 at 11:45 am

    With a cold air intake for your wood stove why do you think that burning wood gives you drier air than, say, a forced air furnace? If anything, burning wood, especially with a pot of water on the stove, should be one of the best ways to contend with dry winter air, shouldn’t it?

    At our own house in Canmore, AB the humidity is normally below 35% due to the cool dry climate we live in. We heat with water radiators (which I installed myself in the house 7 years ago) and often wood. Way better than the forced air the house came with! And we hang our laundry to dry in the house in winter as I bet you and most readers of your blog do too!

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  3. Nebraska Dave on December 17, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Susy, yup, forced air heat for my suburban house has dry air every Winter. I run a humidifier in the bedroom where I sleep. It puts about a gallon of water in the air every day. I should run more around the house but I don’t. The essential oils is something that I will look into with the next purchase of a humidifier. I too like the different smells in the air. I’m not into the essential oils for health but just the nice smells.

    Have a great aroma therapy mister day.

    Nebraska Dave

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