Humidity is the quantity of water vapor or moisture present in the air. Cold air is able to carry a lower quantity of water vapor than warm air. When temperatures drop outside in the winter and you fire up your heater inside, the humidity level in your home can also drop significantly at the same time. This can result in a dry air environment that leads to itchy, dry skin, throats, noses, and lips and also discomfort and nasal congestion for those more prone to colds or allergies. At Comfort By Design, we offer various indoor climate solutions to keep your spaces as comfortable as possible all year long.
Follow these tips below when using a humidifier.
Check Your Hygrometer Before Use
Think of a hygrometer as a humidity meter. Only use a humidifier when a hygrometer indicates the relative humidity in the space is under 30 percent or when the air feels particularly dry. For people with asthma, excessive humidity can contribute to growth of mold and other issues which will aggravate asthma symptoms.
Empty the Water Tank Daily
It is important to empty the water tank on a daily basis, making sure all the surfaces of the tank are dry before adding fresh water once again. To keep mineral content buildups from tap water at a minimum, consider adding distilled water to the tank.
Remove mineral deposit buildup from the inside of your humidifier. If there is an excess, the unit will not vaporize properly and could prevent the unit from continuing to operate.
Position for Proper Airflow and Safety
Avoid placing the humidifier in an area blocked by a large piece of furniture or in the corner of a room. This will help ensure the unit receives proper airflow.
Also, place the humidifier in a location where it is not reachable by small children or pets and creates a safety hazard. Prevent the output from the humidifier from condensing near or directly in an electrical outlet. Another tip is to position the unit so it is not close to a heating source or creates a tripping hazard.
Clean Before Storing
If you intend to place your humidifier into storage, drain out all of the water and clean the unit first. Stagnant water left in the unit can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Only Use Products Recommended by the Manufacturer
Only use products that replace or clean your humidifier wick with those recommended by the manufacturer.