Humidity doesn’t heat your home, but it helps your home to feel warmer in the winter months. When you have forced-air or vent-heating, it can remove moisture from the air in your home, which along with drying out your skin, also makes it easier for airborne viruses, like the flu, to survive and be passed on to others. Strangely enough, a cool-mist humidifier can be your best choice, as it doesn’t affect the warmth of your home and cover larger areas while using less electricity.
For around $200, the BONECO Warm or Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier 7135 offers 24-hour coverage for rooms up to 650 sq ft, Whisper Quiet Mode, Options for warm or cool mist, and a Digital Display and Programmable Hygrostat Humidity Control to create the perfect environment in your home.
For $29, the Stella Ultrasonic Humidifier – Cool Mist Premium Humidifying, Whisper Quiet Home Aroma Diffuser, 3 Liter, Digital, Timer and Night Light is not quite as powerful and won’t run for as many continuous hours, but it offers additional features like aromatherapy, which can make your home even more like a spa!
Another way to kill the chill in your home is by purchasing and setting up a Programmable Thermostat. Lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day can result in a reduction of between five to 15% on your bill according to Energy.gov, so if you turn down the heat while you’re at work or sleeping, you can save 10-30% of your energy costs each winter. Just set the timer for an hour before you wake in the morning so it will be ‘toasty’ before you’re up to make breakfast, and for an hour before you return from work so you’ll be all set to settle in for the evening.
While they sound like something you’d call animal control about, Door Snakes are great to have around the house in the winter. Slide them in front of doors with drafts (and these can include closets!) so you’re insulating the living space in your home. And this one will help you get set for Spring Training—and the return of warm weather!