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Dry Air and Humidifiers

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 27, 2011 at 12:46 AM

My home is primarily heated by a wood stove. In the winter this means super dry air despite the pot of water I try to keep on it to add moisture to the air. This leads to dry/cracking skin in the winter and it doesn't appear to be very healthy for my sinuses. My sinuses are dry and irritated. Being in the ocean less is definitely part of this though.

I keep 3 or 4 houseplants in my room to aid humidity and hopefully clean the air up some but it's not enough. So I was considering sleeping with a humidifier going at night. Is this a good idea or healthy? Are there good additives to put in the water that might make it healthier? I'm also liking the white noise to drown on the constantly on/loud tv in the other room. Tips on brand or type of humidifier?

Also on the dry skin subject, my face soap appears to dry out my skin, advice on a face soap? Switched from alcohol based aftershave to an aloe leaf to help. I also use Vaseline on cracking knuckles and lips.

Thanks!

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on December 27, 2011
at 05:35 PM

I prefer the cool mist too. Otherwise, it gets way too hot in our bedroom.

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on December 27, 2011
at 04:44 AM

I'm googling it to make sure I'm not missing something and it's all little kettles like this: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200326168_200326168 We use a legitimate big pot that holds probably 5-8+ times the water that thing does, those things would be dry in no time! We run our stove strong all day.

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on December 27, 2011
at 04:37 AM

The pot definitely helps but it is not enough.

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on December 27, 2011
at 03:13 AM

OP said that he's been using a pot of water on the stove but it's just not bringing his house to the level of desired humidity.

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on December 27, 2011
at 02:48 AM

good idea! Definitely want the door closed for the noise.

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on December 27, 2011
at 02:13 AM

+1, I've been cursing Colorado's dryness the last couple of weeks. "Home" is Oregon, I miss my humidity. Thanks for asking, I'll be interested to see the answers.

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on December 27, 2011
at 01:56 AM

The humidifier. Mold may not be a problem if it is really dry, but standing water in a warm room will be a breeding ground.

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on December 27, 2011
at 01:39 AM

check on the fat! I love to eat coconut oil! Did not know about it being better than Vaseline... definitely going to give that a shot. Hope I don't turn into a coconut. For the humidifier, do you mean the humidifier itself mold free or the room? Our humidifier is plastic. I'm not familiar with how mold works.

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on December 27, 2011
at 02:30 AM

I have always used a warm mist humidifier that essentially boils the water and requires no filtration, just periodic removal of mineral deposits. I recommend pre-humidifying your bedroom rather that running a humidifier the entire time you are sleeping if you keep your door closed. Otherwise, you may get condensation on the walls (especially if you have a cold wall) which can lead to mold problems. For noise attenuation, I use earplugs and\or fan or air purifier.

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on December 27, 2011
at 02:48 AM

good idea! Definitely want the door closed for the noise.

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on December 27, 2011
at 02:06 AM

Dry nasal passages? A cheap bottle of saline (just saline and nothing else) nasal spray should do the trick.

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on December 27, 2011
at 01:54 AM

Get a humidifier and be sure to keep it clean. Many of them now come without filters, which cuts way down on the mold and mildew. I prefer a cool mist humidifier to a warm mist one; it's just a personal preference. All I have to do is clean the mineral deposits off for the most part. You don't have to break the bank as there are many affordable ones out there. I eat plenty of fat but I still get dry skin in the winter. Having a humidifier is sure better than waking up with parched mouth and itchy skin.

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on December 27, 2011
at 05:35 PM

I prefer the cool mist too. Otherwise, it gets way too hot in our bedroom.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 27, 2011
at 01:31 AM

Eat more fat!

I've recently moved to the high desert of Santa Fe from the rainy Pac NW and have hardly had to use moisturizer, though it did take my sinuses about 6 months to adapt.

Coconut oil is better than petroleum-based Vaseline.

Unless you get really dirty, try cleaning your face with warm water only. If you need a gentle soap, KISS MY FACE Olive/Aloe soap is great & not perfumey.

If you use a humidifier, you need to make sure to keep it mold-free. Lavender essential oil may work, but I would get a second opinion from the manufacturer.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 27, 2011
at 01:56 AM

The humidifier. Mold may not be a problem if it is really dry, but standing water in a warm room will be a breeding ground.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on December 27, 2011
at 01:39 AM

check on the fat! I love to eat coconut oil! Did not know about it being better than Vaseline... definitely going to give that a shot. Hope I don't turn into a coconut. For the humidifier, do you mean the humidifier itself mold free or the room? Our humidifier is plastic. I'm not familiar with how mold works.

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on June 16, 2012
at 06:08 AM

Hello, The best way to reduce the affects of dry air is to install a humidifier inside the home. A variety of options are available and as per most Humidifier Reviews, Bionaire Humidifiers are some of the best in business. These units are an ideal choice to increase and maintain the desired level of relative humidity in the most arid conditions.

Thanks

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on December 27, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Put a pot of water on the wood stove. Why pay for an electric product. There are lots of cast iron pots and items made specifically for this.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on December 27, 2011
at 04:37 AM

The pot definitely helps but it is not enough.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 27, 2011
at 03:13 AM

OP said that he's been using a pot of water on the stove but it's just not bringing his house to the level of desired humidity.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on December 27, 2011
at 04:44 AM

I'm googling it to make sure I'm not missing something and it's all little kettles like this: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200326168_200326168 We use a legitimate big pot that holds probably 5-8+ times the water that thing does, those things would be dry in no time! We run our stove strong all day.

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on December 27, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Does the wood stove have an upper surface on which you can place a kettle or pot of water?

We had a wood stove when I was a kid and we always put a pot of water on it morning and night. When I was first married, my mother-in-law also had such a stove and did the same thing.

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