Having an air conditioner in a house or an office is more of a necessity than it is a luxury in Singapore. This is so because of the hot and humid weather that the country experiences throughout the year and which can make moving around and working quite difficult. However, it is usually crystal clear that an aircon can make a room very dry by sucking all the humidity in the room. This low humidity can have a negative effect on your health as it can cause health complication such as a dry skin, flu and colds among other infections. Low humidity may also cause damage to your eyes. It is therefore important to increase the level of humidity in an aircon room. Here are six ways to do so.
Use of room humidifiers.
This is the simplest way of increasing humidity in your room.
However, in addition to costing you extra money and space, humidifiers are also associated with some health risks. A humidifier can raise the humidity levels very high, favouring the growth of molds that can be responsible for a number of diseases. This high humidity can also lead to respiratory diseases including asthma.
To ensure a room with humidifiers does not become very moist, it is advisable to install a hygrometer that can be adjusted to maintain the humidity levels safe. Some humidifiers have hygrometers built in them.
The humidifier also needs to be cleaned often with hydrogen peroxide to prevent a layer of mineral from forming around it. The water in the reservoir should also be changed daily.
Use of plants
This is the most effective way of increasing the humidity in an aircon room. Plants, just like humans, usually “sweat”. Most of the water that a plant absorbs through its roots is lost as water vapor through the leaves through a process known as transpiration. Plants are therefore a natural way of increasing the humidity of a room.
In addition, soil in the pots used to grow house plants helps in retaining moisture in the environment
Keeping water in open containers
Most people use this technique in their aircon rooms. Water usually evaporates hence increasing humidity in the room. Always ensure you place an open bucket full of water in the room. However, ensure you don’t place the container near electrical devices, especially if there are children and pets in the room. Change the water in the container after every two days to prevent insects from breeding in the water.
You can also choose to place open bowls around the house for increased humidity
Boil water on a stove/heater
Heating water will increase humidity in an aircon room as water will evaporate. If your room is small in size, the vapor may circulate naturally throughout the entire room. However, if the room is large, the aircon may help in circulating the vapor by placing it on low’.
Hanging or Lining wet clothes indoors
Even a small amount of moisture is important, even if it comes from hanging wet clothes and towels for drying in your room. This is even more helpful if your room is small in size. This may seem like a bad idea, but placing the clothes in a proper orderly manner will prevent your room from appearing disorganized and weird.
Use of fish tanks
You can decide to place fish tanks in your room. These tanks should have lids capable of being opened partially. This will raise the humidity levels in your room through the evaporation of water from the tanks. A fish tank will also add beauty to your room. The only challenge with this way is that you must create a special space for the fish tank. The fish must be taken care of to avoid them from spreading bad odor in the room.
The weather in Singapore demands that any office or room must have an aircon. However, just like aforementioned, an air conditioner can absorb all the humidity in a room thereby exposing the resident to many health complications associated with room dryness. It is therefore very important for anyone to take up measures to increase the humidity levels in an aircon room by using all or some of the six above discussed way. Ensure the humidity levels do not rise to above 50% by having a hygrometer in the room.