It may seem like common knowledge that colder temperatures mean dry air, dry sinuses, and dehydration. However, many people do not know that cold temperatures, forced air furnaces, and other winter elements can severely dry you out, even on the inside.
With every breath you take and much of the movements you do every day, your body loses moisture due to evaporation. When it is below freezing outside, that means that all the rain and water outside is frozen and unavailable. It doesn’t evaporate or get spread around.
Add to that inside your home, where the furnace sucks all your home’s air into the heating element and heats the air up. Then, it dries the air in your home out while it heats and blows the air around. The same thing happens to the air in your car.
Mix the indoor dryness with the outdoor dryness and you’re in for some bloody noses, irritated or painful sinuses, allergy issues, and possible dehydration. Did you know that when the air is dry, particles of all kinds are able to fly easier and stay in the air longer because moisture isn’t there to weigh them down.
The first and most important thing you should do is drink plenty of water. The dry air will take moisture from your skin, breath, and more. Keep enough water in your body.
The following tips should help you keep the air moisture up:
Humidifiers – You can choose between cold mist or hot mist humidifiers. If you have a large home, you’re going to need 3 or more, or 1 per room. If you have a small home, two of them should do the trick. Find them online or at one of your favorite department stores. Remember to grab a couple for your car as well!
Keep your humidifiers filled – It is useless to have them if you don’t remember to fill them with water often. You have the option to purchase some humidifiers with a larger reservoir so that you only have to remember every 24 hours. However, most of them need filled every 8-12 hours. Set a timer on your phone or some other reminder. It helps to fill them once when you wake up and once before you fall asleep.
Steam – You can generate steam by 1 or 2 big pots of boiling water on your stove, running the shower hot with the drain plugged and the door open. Beware not to let the water on the stove run out or you can damage your pots.
Water by the vents – If you place a bowl or pot of water next to or on top of your heater vents that blow warm air, this can help generate moisture in your home. Make sure to fill it when it runs out.
Hopefully these tips will help you feel much more comfortable and healthy during the dark, cold, awful winter months. Let’s just keep our minds on spring and summer weather coming up in April or May!