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10 Ways to Maintain Your Humidifier

The winter months typically see the most usage out of your humidifier. Whether you have a cool mist , warm mist, or whole house type model; it's crucial to clean and maintain it so that it can perform at its best safely.

In this post, I'll go over tips and tricks to do when it comes to maintaining your humidifier. Be aware that specifically the types I will be referring to are for the plug-in portable models. 

For hard-wired whole house humidifiers, you'll need to refer to the manufacturer's instructions and/or hire a professional to clean and maintain it.

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To get your humidifier operating at its best consistently, please consider doing the following:

  1. Always place your humidifier on an elevated and non-metallic lint free surface. Make sure it's level and in an area of the room where it is needed most (near a bed or heater). This makes it work better and reduces the chances of it failing in operation.
  2. Be aware of any low indicator lights or readings on the unit. Always refill the water AFTER the unit has been unplugged. Use 1 gallon to 8 ounces white vinegar to periodically clean out the water tank. Do this weekly.
  3. Always use cool water to use in the humidifier. Unless it states you can, never use hot water for placement in the humidifier tank.
  4. You'll likely need to clean the parts from time to time. One important piece, the nebulizer, should not be overlooked. It's the actual part that mists the water. It may accumulate hard water (lime deposit) over time. Use a damp cloth with vinegar to remove the buildup. Follow up with a dry cloth, wiping gently, to further clean it.
  5. Always remove any old water from the tank before refilling, so that only fresh water is used for humidification.
  6. Never operate your humidifier without water in it.
  7. Only use cleaners and replacement parts (filters) for your humidifier that is approved by the manufacturer. 
  8. Be sure to place the humidifier at least a foot away from walls, fabrics, heating sources, and furniture. 
  9. Always unplug your humidifier when not in use.
  10. Store the unit in a cool, dry place only after making sure the tank and components are empty and completely dry.

While there can be other maintenance tips depending on what humidifier unit you have, these 10 tips can be followed by just about any portable unit you purchase.

Any other humidifier questions? Please let us know here, and we'll be more than happy to assist you.

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Posted 2016-01-25T21:05:00+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL