Don’t you just hate it that time of the year when it’s really hot? Everything is so dry, even the air. Or when it’s so cold that you have to light up your fireplace and can’t really open up windows for long. Everything gets so dry. At times you can even feel your skin and nails drying up. It has been reported in medical journals that low humidity can cause respiratory distress and even drying up mucous membranes, such as the lining of the nose.

Then comes the static electricity. Don’t you just hate when there is static cling on your clothes and dust stubbornly stuck on your laptop screen or your TV screen? It is really annoying, isn’t it? You try wiping the dust off but it only seems to get worse.

Well, that’s when the humidifier comes in handy. The humidifier keeps the air moist.

  • Here are some of the other reasons a humidifier is important
  • Keeps air hydrated which promotes a feeling of comfort in the home.
  • It helps the baby sleep peacefully
  • Improves the air quality at home, which is beneficial for asthma sufferers

As beneficial as the humidifier may be, if proper levels of hygiene are not maintained, it could be detrimental for your health. Adequate cleaning and disinfection is required. Just as problematic as dry air is, so is air that is too moist. Harmful bacteria, fungi and molds could grow and develop in the reservoir. Some of the problems related to a poorly cleaned humidifier or one that has not been cleaned at all include:

1.     Inhaling air from the humidifier may cause flu-like symptoms

2.     Lung infections if contaminated mist or steam is released into the air.

Mineral deposits may also accumulate at the corners of the reservoirs if you do not use demineralized water How to keep your humidifier cleaner for longer

There are a few things you could do to help maintain the hygiene levels of your humidifier

Use demineralized water or distilled water to avoid mineral build up. Tap water has minerals which leave deposits in the water reservoir which promote bacterial growth

  • Replace water in the reservoir on a daily basis. This is to prevent the build up of mineral deposits.
  • Empty the tank and wipe the inside surfaces before you refill the water reservoir with water
  • Clean and replace humidifier filters regularly. Most manufacturers give recommendations of how often you are supposed to replace the filters.
  • Keep the vicinity of the humidifier dry. If the area around the humidifier gets wet, you should turn down the humidifier.
  • clean and disinfect humidifier regularly How to clean a humidifier

Cleaning the humidifier requires attention. Always read the cleaning instructions of the humidifier.

Here is a guide on how to clean your humidifier

  • Unplug the humidifier and remove the filter. Rinse it with cool water under the faucet. Let the excess water drip off
  • Remove the water tank.
  • Use a strong cleaning solution for instance, undiluted white vinegar and let it sit for some time, preferably for at least 30 minutes.
  • Gently scrub the build up or residue with the use of a soft bristle brush.
  • For areas that still have remnants of the build up, you can do this once more

Amongst the most important tips I could give you this is paramount. THOROUGHLY RINSE the water reservoir. This is to make sure both the cleaning solution and the build up will not affect the quality of air in the room.

How to disinfect your humidifier

After washing, you should disinfect the water reservoir. This is done by A Fill the water reservoir with clean water.

  •  Add a single teaspoonful of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Also if do not have the hydrogen peroxide around, you can use a teaspoonful of bleach.
  •  You then swish the solution around to coat the water reservoir evenly. Allow the solution to sit once more for some time. Again, preferably for at least 30 minutes
  •  Finally, you RINSE THOROUGHLY

Reassemble and put the humidifier back together. Fill the water reservoir with cool water. Plug in the humidifier and resume regular use.

This will keep your humidifier free from fungus, bacteria and molds for a while. So you can breathe easily without the worry of infections from your humidifier

June 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm by
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