It would take a lot of houseplants to use several gallons a day. If you
want to maintain humidity, infiltration may be the first concern. The
second may be a wet-dry thermometer to monitor humidity objectively.
My sister had no way to measure humidity, but for years she ran an
ultrasonic humidifier all winter because she thought it helped her
breathing. I think she finally concluded that the moisture was doing
more harm than good by promoting the growth of allergens.
With no added humidity, my wintertime drop is seven degrees. That's
about 65%, and that's dandy. If I wanted more humidity I'd dry my
laundry on a rack indoors. If I wanted a lot more humidity I'd hang wet
towels on the rack and use a 12" fan. Those fans are quiet and run
hours for a penny.
Years ago I used a fan and towel to clean the air. I'd just put a pan
of beans on high heat to boil when a neighbor came to the door for help.
When I got back, the acrid smoke was too thick to see through. I
ventilated, then for a week hung a wet towel in front of a fan. I
rinsed the towel frequently. It picked up a lot of soot and odor.
So a wet towel can be used to add humidity and remove pollution.
I took a look at my weather station - that fancy three dial thingy I
have, more for decoration than utility. The relative humidity reads
42%, and the temp is 70 deg F. That's my confort zone and I have
lived in my house for 23 years. I live in Alberta which is
comfortably dry all year round such that sweat evaporates fast enough
to keep the body dry even when I exercise. Summer temperatures can go
up to 80 deg F and I don't have air conditioning. But that's very
bearable because of the low humidity.
I have enough house plants pots to occupy three office desks. They
are spread out of course. They have adapted well enough that I need
only water them once in five days or once a week. Most of the plants
have been around since I moved in.
The rest of the humidity comes from cooking, from baths and from
laundry although as a single occupant this contribution will be less
than that of a family's. In cool or warm weather I leave the windows
open to let air circulate. I do see pollen collecting on the window
screens and some must get through. But rarely are there any fluffy
airborne seeds getting into the house. The best part is that there is
no condensation on the window glass and I have lots of glass in my
house. There are no moldy spot either.
I hardly if ever catch the flu nowadays, or have respiratory problems
although I have to admit that my place is quite dusty as I hardly ever
vacuum the place. I don't mess up so things look neat normally. A
once a year whole house commercial carpet clean takes care of the
Great solution and I'm glad it works for you. I cannot have most
houseplants because of mold in the soil. Yes, I have medical
documentation of this so it is not my opinion just so the trolls know.
The pollen collecting on the windows would be a huge concern for me
given my extensive allergies. Anyway, this solution would not work for
me. Vacuuming is done here 3 - 4 times or more a week out of necessity.
I simply could not tolerate dusty conditions for personal and health
reasons. The thing is, we each have to customize our home environment
to meet our needs. While your solution works for you, it certainly will
not work for everyone!
On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 04:04:10 GMT, "Dr. Rastis Fafoofnik"
Make me wonder if there is a equilibrium point somewhere. The air
where I live is quite clean and the inside of the house is no dustier
than the outside. If I vacuum more often it gets just as dusty as the
outside air soon.
One more frugal habit. I do simple and minimal cooking. All food is
contained in one pot. The moment it is boiled it is off the cooktop
and ready to eat. No frying or long cooktimes. Therefore practically
no cooking odors in the house or carpet. No oily film deposit.
Vacuuming often here is a must. Our vacuum has a hepa filter so that
really helps. The only time I notice extra dust is after we have had a
houseful of company. Perhaps your vacuum is emitting dusty air back out
into your indoor environment?
IMO, and this is just me, your method would get rather boring after
awhile. I love cooking and home preserving. A lot of cooking goes on
here including frying and longer cooktimes depending on the food. I
generally steam rather than boil vegetables. We also use the outdoor
barbeque year round and the indoor JenAir barbeque occasionally. I'm in
the experimenting mood so have been using ingredients I normally
wouldn't have used when our kids were young due to expense or special
time extensive cooking methods as well as foods that require an adult
palette. In other words, I'm experimenting on the gourmet side of
cooking and so far loving it! So two frugal hints for those who do a
lot of cooking or even cook more than you do. Minimize odours by using
exhaust fans. An open bowl of vinegar will remove cooking odours. A
solution of ammonia and water will take care of any cooking film. Both
vinegar and ammonia are cheap and environmentally friendly. Again, your
solution works for you but
Don't bother replying - the osha rules apply to anhydrous ammonia used
in refrigeration, not household ammonia, which is massively diluted in
water. Since the Rastis is on an ad hom personal attack streak, back
it goes into the KF.
Isn't that what happened to those dainty Victorian lady types? They
would faint at the slightest provocation. Every polite lady then
had a small bottle of ammonia in her purse to stick under the
faintee's nose to bring her back to her senses. I remember coming
across such a botttle when I was a kid and taking a sniff. All it did
was make pretty ugly faces. Rastis probably too one too many whiffs,
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