Best Practices for Maintaining Your Humidifier
The winter season is the optimum time to use a humidifier when the air is cold and dry outside. A humidifier increases the comfort and health of those indoors through the dispersion of moisture within interior spaces. This moisture is produced in the form of an invisible mist. This mist reduces the level static electricity indoors and also effectively moisturizes dry respiratory passages. However, a humidifier must be maintained properly, or it can cause problems for your health. At Comfort By Design, we are your source for whole house humidifier services to help create the ideal indoor climate for your comfort and health.
Regardless of the type of humidifier you have, if the unit is not maintained properly, the risk of bacteria and mold growth is present.
1. Using Distilled or Demineralized Water
Tap water is filled with various minerals and when it is used in a humidifier, it can produce a film that develops in a white dust form. The moisturizing mist produced by the humidifier combines with this dust which is then dispersed into the air and breathed by occupants in the room.
There is less mineral content in distilled and demineralized water than in normal tap water. When distilled or demineralized water is used in a humidifier there is much less white mineral dust produced and dispersed into the air, which means less breathed into the lungs.
2. Clean and Change Water Regularly
Failure to regularly change the water in a humidifier will result in bacteria and mold growth with some of these harmful elements dispersed into the air to breathe. So it is imperative to change the water in your unit every day. Empty the reservoir in the unit and wipe down the inside. Then fill it with clean water – ideally distilled or mineralized water.
3. Thoroughly Clean Your Humidifier Every Few Days
In addition to changing the water every day, it is important to clean the inside of the unit’s water tank every few days or so. You can do this with a soft bristled brush and mild cleaner. Also, wipe the exterior of the humidifier with a clean, wet cloth. Before filling the unit with water again and turning it on, wait for all surfaces to dry.
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