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​​Cold winter air holds on to less moisture and wreaks havoc on your body, including making you more susceptible to flus and colds. While many homeowners turn to humidifiers for an easy fix, running them relentlessly during the winter months can bump up your monthly energy consumption.

Before buying a humidifier, try these eco-friendly tips for adding moisture back into the air.

Pick out some houseplants

While a little indoor landscaping can help brighten up a room, houseplants also offer many health benefits including adding much needed humidity to the air in your home.  Moisture from their leaves and stems evaporates into the air during a process called transpiration. By grouping several plants together and keeping them well watered, you can help boost your home's humidity.

Use clothes drying racks

Give your electric clothes dryer a rest and try hanging your clothes to dry. Your clothes will add humidity to the air as they dry and also help you cut down on your monthly energy consumption.

Shower with the door open

Leaving the bathroom door open while taking a steamy shower is an easy way to add a little humidity to the air. If relaxing in a hot bath is more appealing, wait for the water to cool down before draining the tub. The residual heat and water vapor is sure to do the trick.

Set vases of water in the sun

Place water-filled vases on sunny window sills and let the sunshine do the rest. The water will slowly evaporate and release moisture into the air. Better yet, fill the vases with a few freshly cut flowers for a simple decoration.

Sources: DIY Network, Mother Nature Network

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