Tips to Ensure Your Humidifier Doesn't Become a Health Hazard

Humidifiers are great for relieving symptoms caused by dry air. Symptoms include dry sinuses, bloody noses, and cracked lips. It can even improve breathing during your sleep if you use it throughout the night. Here are some tips to ensure your humidifier is maintained well and does not become a health hazard.

Humidifiers can ease problems caused by dry air. But they need regular maintenance. Here are tips to ensure your humidifier doesn't become a health hazard.

4 Steps to Keep Your Humidifier Clean

  • Do not let water sit in the unit 
  • Never let water sit in the machine for days between uses as a film can form on the top, which can breed bacteria in the water tank. If the humidifier is not being used every day or every other day make sure to always empty the water and clean the tank when not in use. It's important to use a humidifier that you can clean well.

  • Use distilled water in the humidifier 
  • Distilled water is better to use on humidifiers because tap water has different amounts of minerals, depending on where you live. The minerals can build up in the humidifier and cause bacteria to grow which can get into the air along with water vapor. The minerals also can form a fine white powder that can lead to crusty deposits in the machine which is another form of breeding ground of bacteria. Make sure to clean your humidifier every 2 to 3 days. It's important to not use any harmful chemicals when cleaning your humidifier. 

  • Be Aware of humidity levels 
  • It is not a good thing when moisture exceeds the recommended levels. If the humidifier is being used too often, it is very likely levels could increase to such a degree that things like dust mites, mold, and mildew start to become present. One can check the humidity level by looking for condensation is building up on windows, or if the curtains and pillows feel damp, and if the room itself feels dense and moist. 

  • Keep your humidifier clean 
  • Since you are breathing the air affected by the humidifier, the humidifier must be kept clean. By not cleaning the humidifier it means that you are letting bacteria, mold, and allergens grow into the tank which can be sprayed into the air by the humidifier. When cleaning the humidifier, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s specific directions on how to clean and maintain the unit effectively. 

    Bottom line: You want to make sure that the humidifier is well maintained so it can run smoothly for the next years to come. On top of that, the humidifier needs to be clean and free from bacteria so the humidifier does not put out that same bacteria into the air you will be breathing. Never use humidifier water solutions as it may lead to health issues. 

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