A humidifier will help you increase the amount of moisture that is present in the room. There are different types of humidifiers available in the market. These include steam, ultrasonic and evaporative humidifiers. You may want to consider one of these humidifiers for your dry skin, cracked lips, breathing complications and allergies.
Once you have acquired your humidifier at home you should maintain it regularly so as to make sure that it serves you for a long on time. Here are some of the things that you should do;
It important to be aware of the parts of the humidifiers that require to be regular replacements. These parts vary from one type of humidifier to the other. For instance, demineralization cartridge needs to be replaced regularly in ultrasonic humidifiers. The most common parts that require regular replacement include mineral pads, hydro cell, filters, discs, and wicks.
You should clean your humidifier regularly. Each type of humidifiers has a way in which it should be cleaned. Most people prefer using vinegar or a solution of hot water and a mild detergent. Once you are done with using a mild detergent solution to clean your humidifier, you should rinse it thoroughly so as to get rid of any residue.
Vinegar would be a good choice to people that are used to natural methods. You should remove all the water from the humidifier and then add a mixture of water and vinegar in the ratio 4:1. Leave it still and upright for about one and half an hour and then rinse it completely. Vinegar is acidic in nature and will therefore sanitize your humidifier and remove the scale coating the inner part of the unit.
The most recommended water to use in the humidifier is the one that has been distilled. This is mainly because distilled water lacks mineral substances that can remain as residue inside the humidifier. According to experts, the normal tap water contains some minerals that will get dispersed into the atmosphere if you use it in a humidifier. You will probably notice that there are some white particles that are present on the surface of the room after using the humidifier for a long time. This may cause respiratory diseases. It also forms scales inside the humidifier and therefore increases the cost of maintenance of the humidifiers.
Ensure that there is no water dripping from your humidifier in any case and any of its components. This may include a drain line, water supply line, enclosure, shutoff valve or area underneath the unit.
Store your humidifier nicely after using it. Most people store their humidifier during the winter season because atmosphere is full of moisture. Do not forget to clear out all the water from the unit and dry it before storage. This will prevent stagnation of water in the unit that might contain disease-causing germs. This will also inhibit the growth of molds on your unit.
Following these tips of maintaining your humidifier will go a long way in ensuring that it works at its best and that you enjoy the privileges of humidification for you and your family.