Dry indoor air in the winter can wreak havoc with your health. Lack of moisture can cause your skin to become dry and cracked and your eyes, your mouth, and your sinus passages to become dry and even painful. Cranking up the heat contributes to the low-humidity level in the air, resulting in dry skin and cracked lips. In addition, you may experience jolting static shocks when you touch your pets, your bedding, or even your television.
Here are some warning signs and how you can make your spaces more beautiful and breathable! Low levels of humidity lead to very dry air which increases the prospect of catching airborne viruses like the flu, possibly due to both their ability to survive longer in dry cool conditions and irritated nasal passages making it easier to catch them. Eczema can be exacerbated and dry skin can also be uncomfortable.
Running a humidifier is one way to solve the problem, but did you know that growing houseplants do an effective job of replenishing moisture in the air? Since they're often varieties that thrive in humid environments, they will take in water through their roots, and then release moisture through the pores located on the underside of their leaves or fronds. This process is called transpiration.
Releasing moisture into the air through transpiration adds to the myriad benefits houseplants offer. Place plants in your home for a more comfortable experience throughout winter.
Here are several common house plants that can help create a more humid atmosphere in your home and will continue to provide fresh supply of air to your abode!
Bonus tip: place your plants in a bed of pebbles with about an inch of water. Or fill shallow trays half full of gravel and cover the gravel with water. Place the potted plants on top of the gravel. Regularly watering and misting will help your indoor greenery flourish too.
Fortunately, filling your home with the right plants will not only give it a nice splash of living color. You’ll create an ideal microclimate that promotes good health, too!