Adding a humidifier to your home can help increase the moisture levels in your home’s air and help alleviate some common winter-time problems like dry skin, cracked lips and dry sinuses. It also can help protect your home as well.
Whether you use a warm mist or cool mist humidifier, they all work to add moisture to the air. Here are some of the benefits of using a humidifier in your home.
Adding a humidifier and moisture can improve dry skin, eyes and cracked lips. Dry air can also aggravate eczema and other chronic skin conditions. Using a humidifier might improve these conditions.
Adding a humidifier can also help soothe sore throats, dry nasal passages and ease symptoms of the cold, flu, asthma or allergies. Added moisture can also prevent bloody noses caused by dry air.
Better for Your Home
Dry air can cause wood furniture and fixtures to shrink, split and crack. Adding moisture will help protect these items inside your home. It can also help keep the soil in potted plants from drying out due to lack of moisture.
Better for Your Bank Account
Moist air feels warmer and might prevent you from constantly bumping up the heat in winter.
Humidifier Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
Clean the humidifier every three days. Unplug the machine and empty the tank of old distilled water. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean the appliance. Honeywell recommends weekly cleanings of the humidifier using white vinegar to remove scale deposits and a diluted solution of bleach and water to disinfect their humidifiers.
Use only distilled or demineralized water in room humidifiers. Tap water contains minerals that can leave deposits inside your humidifier and promote bacterial growth.
For whole house humidifiers, replace the water pad (also called a water panel, evaporator pad, humidifier or water filter) once per heating season. Dust, scale and mineral deposits can clog the mesh in the water pad, which can restrict air flow through the pad. Find a replacement humidifier water pad at http://www.EveryAppliancePart.com.