|Home humidifiers are an essential component of any allergy sufferer's environmental control regimen. Proper humidification can provide significant relief from dry and irritated sinuses, stuffy noses, dry skin, and itchy eyes. In addition, humidifying your home can prevent the exacerbation of eczema, help to lower heating costs, and protect furniture and wood floors from the effects of over-drying.
Purchasing a humidifier is a sound investment in the health of your family, your budget, and your home, but once you have your humidifier, how do you get the most from it? Humidifiers do require regular and thorough maintenance; without it, they not only don't run efficiently, but they pose a serious health risk. Bacteria and mold that can easily breed in an unmaintained humidifier are propelled into the air and inhaled - obviously a terrible situation for those with allergies, who are already more sensitive than others.
While many units feature built-in germicidal measures, such as using silver to purify water or zapping microbes with UV light, it's important to know that these are NOT a substitute for regular cleaning. Furthermore, pay attention to what you clean your units with is also important. Using bleach may seem instinctive in order to cleanse your humidifier of any mold or bacteria; however, in addition to the fact that bleach's harsh fumes are never good to inhale, if the humidifier isn't cleaned properly, vaporized bleach will be impelled into ambient air and inhaled each time the unit is running. Consider using white vinegar to clean instead.
Aside from keeping your humidifier free of microbes and germs, minerals can also build up in the tank and in the machine itself. One handy product that works to remove mineral build up in almost all humidifiers is EZ Cal Cleaner and Descaler by Air-O-Swiss. This simple, dissolvable packet removes mineral build up and other contaminants from your humidifier. When finished, rinse and you're ready to use the humidifier again. Each box comes with three packets, and it's recommended to use EZCal every two weeks. That will vary though, depending on the mineral content of your water.
Following is a basic checklist of areas you need to consider when it comes to maintaining your humidifier. Be sure to consult the owner's manual and specific maintenance guide pertinent to your particular unit.
|Proper and regular maintenance will keep your humidifier running at peak performance year after year, giving you, your family, and your household all the benefits of humidification.|