Do you know what the humidity inside your home is?
During winter months the optimum humidity inside a home is 40%. A humidity level up to 60% will keep airborne bacteria and viruses from breeding. So it’s important to have enough humidity for comfort – between 30-60% without exceeding 60%.
You may not realize how dry the inside of your home can get during the cold winter months. Even if you don’t live in a naturally dry climate once the heating goes on, indoor air becomes a lot drier. Humidity levels naturally drop during cold seasons because colder air can’t hold as much moisture.
During hot summer months running your air conditioner also extracts moisture from the air which has a drying effect.
There’s a reason why your nose feels stuffed up when the windows are shut with the heating or AC on. Your body may gradually get dehydrated over time. Sinuses and nasal passages can become irritated and even inflamed when continually exposed to dry air.
Feel that snap crackle of static electricity when you touch anything in your home? That’s a sure sign of a dry house. Static charges build up when relative humidity is below 40 %.
What’s Optimum Humidity Inside a Home?
Indoor humidity that’s too high will encourage the growth of mold, damp and mildew. Condensation on windows is another sign humidity is too high.
An easy way to monitor the humidity in your home is with a simple temperature/humidity gauge. The ideal range for your home is above 30% but below 50%.
Keeping humidity levels consistent will not only feel more comfortable, but will help relieve any dry itchy winter skin as well as ease breathing and sinus congestion.
How to Fix Indoor Air that’s too Dry
If your home’s humidity is too low, using a home humidifier is one option to add moisture back into the air. However humidifiers are not a set it and forget it solution. They require frequent monitoring. The downside to humidifiers is they’re often noisy and need to be cleaned regularly in order to run safe free of mold and mildew.
Does a humidifier remind you too much of a sick room? Another method to create more humidity at home is setting up an indoor water fountain.
Benefits of Running an Indoor Fountain
How does a water fountain detox your home and is it healthy?
- Soothing sound of flowing water relieves stress
- Running water drowns out annoying background noise
- Naturally adds moisture to indoor air
- Provides indoor plants with more humidity during winter months
- Moving water reduces indoor air pollution by increasing negative ions
Feng Shui Benefits of an Indoor Fountain
- Moving water brings favorable energy into the home
- Water is related to wealth, abundance and cash flow
- Water movement can help your home’s Qi move freely
Types of Indoor Fountains
The best locations for your water fountain according to feng shui are:
- Inside or outside your front door (one side only). Make sure water flows towards the door.
- In a home office to create favorable career conditions
- In any east, southeast or north area of the home (not south)
- Bedrooms and bathrooms aren’t good places for a fountain. Water douses marital “fire” and an abundance of water in the bathroom could be too much of a good thing
- Avoid placing a fountain under a staircase
Feel free to place your fountain near indoor plants to give them a dose of much needed humidity. Don’t be surprised if your pet decides to make a move on this new “water bowl”. If that happens be sure it can’t be tipped over, or you may want to opt for a wall hanging fountain instead of a table top model.
Don’t forget to regularly scrub and clean your fountain to make sure water is clean and can run smoothly. Cleaning also helps keep the pump free of debris and gunk so that it doesn’t burn out prematurely. Purifying water treatments can be added, but if you use these keep your fountain out of reach of kids and pets.
Bring the outdoors in, boost humidity and create a peaceful garden room sanctuary in your home with an indoor water fountain!