Tips To Help Keep Your Humidifier Clean

Tips To Help Keep Your Humidifier Clean

A humidifier can be used safely if you follow all the manufacturer''s directions. Empty the water reservoir between uses. Don''t simply add water to what''s already there. Clean the unit regularly with a brush or scrubber, and watch for buildup on the motor and the sides of the tank. Use distilled water in your humidifier instead of water from the tap and replace any worn parts as needed.

To reduce the possibility of health hazards from dirty room humidifiers, the staff of the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that you take the following precautions:

  • Do not allow film and scale to develop in your humidifier. Change the water in your room humidifier daily. Empty the tank before you fill it.
  • Use distilled or demineralized water in your room humidifier to reduce the buildup of scale and the release of dust. Do not use tap water because it contains more minerals.
  • Use demineralization cartridges or filters if supplied or recommended for use with your humidifier.
  • Drain and clean the tank of your room humidifier before you store it. Clean it after summer storage. Remove dust on the outside of your unit.
  • Clean your room humidifier well and often during the heating season.
  • Maintain the relative humidity in your home between 30% and 50% if possible. Humidity levels above 60% may allow moisture to build up indoors and condense on surfaces, where bacteria and fungi can settle and grow. You can measure humidity with an instrument called a hygrometer, available at your local hardware store.