Many people who live in four-season climates have three wardrobes – winter, summer and an in-between selection of clothes that will keep them warm or cool, depending on the weather in fall and spring. There's a lesson in that for homeowners trying to keep their homes warm during the transitional days between winter and spring without the expense of running their furnaces at full tilt.
One way to do that is to use room humidifiers to make the most of comfortable, indoor temperatures. Humid air tends to warm up the atmosphere by retaining heat longer, thereby maximizing the warmth that's been put into your home when the furnace is running or if you use space heaters at selected times. For instance, if the thermostat is set to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it may feel closer to 70 degrees when a humidifier is used.
When humidifiers are added to the mix of electric appliances in your home, they can also help moisturize dry skin, lips and the respiratory tract, which is great help to family members in your household who may suffer from allergies or asthma. After a winter of dried air caused by constant indoor heating, a humidifier can be a welcome addition.
Staying comfortable between seasons
Looking for other ways to get through these seasonal days comfortable and warm? The answer is probably in your closets. It may seem like an obvious solution, but people frequently raise the thermostat rather than put on a sweater or take an extra blanket out of the linen closet. Perhaps if you keep sweaters, hoodies, fleece throws and extra blankets readily at hand in each room rather than stored away, your family would be more inclined to use them.
Consider where you and your loved ones spend most of your time and plan your heating of those spaces accordingly. For instance, remember to shut doors to rooms that are unoccupied for much of the day or night so heat from the rooms that are in use won't slip away.
If you only occupy the kitchen and a family room during an average evening at home, those are the spaces where ceramic space heaters could be put to their best use. Ceramic models not only do a superlative job of warming a room quickly and thoroughly, but they come in many attractive styles that go well with various types of home design.
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