Friday, 11 January 2008

The air quality

One thing we definitely don't need here right now is a humidifier, because the air is so humid these months of winter. It's not really that cold, seldom below 10 degrees Celsius during the day although temperatures do drop down to 3 - 4 degrees at night occasionally. Electricity is very expensive here so many people don't even use an electric heater. The only way to beat the high levels of humidity is to leave the windows open as much as you can. At night they cuddle up below several thick blankets and bedspreads. I think Morocco is one of the few countries in the world where you actually need more clothes indoors during winter than outdoors!

In countries where the climate is much colder than this, the air indoors sometimes gets too dry, due to continuous heating, to a limit when it can provoke nose bleeds, cracked lips and uncomfortable air quality. In order to avoid that problem an aprilaire humidifier is a good thing to have. The aprilaire humidifier is easy to install, you can probably install it yourself because all the instructions and How-To:s come with the appliance. I wish we could use continuous heating here, it's nice to live in a warm and cozy home. But electricity is too expensive so we just have to get used to the cold indoors and try to spend as much time as possible out in the sun.