For wood burners one of the struggles they have to deal with during the burning season is their wood stove drying out the air in their home. Humidity levels are important in your home because if the humidity drops you can begin to experience nose bleeds, dry itchy skin, sore scratchy throats, or even worse an increase in asthma and allergy symptoms. People who don’t necessarily suffer from asthma or allergies can still begin to experience shortness of breath if the air gets too dry.
Another annoying thing that happens when the humidity is low is static electricity. Don’t you just love when your hair starts to have a mind of its own and stand on end no matter what you do to it, or how about getting a little electrical jolt when you touch anything metal or another person? I know I don’t enjoy any of it and neither do my pets but I absolutely love heating with my wood stove.
So over the past 5 years I have learned a few tricks to help replace the humidity in the air that the wood stove takes out and I am going to share those tricks with you today!
Stop the Static, Increase the Humidity
First start off by using a kettle or evaporate which is the whole point because it will be adding moisture into the air of the room increasing the humidity. That humid air then will circulate to the rest of your home.
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The next tip that I have learned is to that stacking a small amount of green wood near the wood stove will give off moisture. This is because it has high moisture content and is not considered safe to burn yet. Once placed inside near the wood stove the heat will start evaporating the moisture in the wood. This moisture will again go into the air of the room increasing the humidity of your home.
Now the last thing I suggest is that you weatherize your home to cut down on the cold air that is coming into your home. When there is cold air flowing into your home you begin stoking the fire more and making it get hotter which in turn causes the air to dry out even more. Weatherizing your home will also save you time and money because you will not be using as much of your wood fuel as quickly.