How to use a humidifier
There are different types of humidifiers available on the market. Outsourcing the best humidifier that’s meets your home need and conditions is vital. A few list of the humidifier type you will find in the market are stated below:
Central humidifiers: As the name implies, they can cover an entire building and usually combined with your house heating and cooling system.
Evaporator’s humidifiers: They are small in size, uses filters and fans to disperse moisture into the atmosphere. These types are cheap to buy.
Impeller humidifiers: They disperse cool mist and recommended to be good for parents with little kids. They are better used to power single room.
Steam vaporizers: They heat up water in the water tanks before forcing it to cool and finally releasing it into the atmosphere. They are economically friendly but can sometime disperse hotter mist air into the air which can leads to burns.
Ultrasonic humidifiers: These humidifier type releases both warm and cool mist. The run by using vibrations to adds moisture to the air. This type is also good for family with children.
Read through the humidifier manual
Before setting up your humidifier to run, it’s needful to go through the humidifier manual guide for proper installation. You should know that instructions booklets differ from one humidifier to the other, so it’s very sensitive to go through the instructions carefully for your humidifier model.
Assemble your humidifier if needed
Using the owner’s manual, you can easily assemble the individual apparatus that required to be assembled before running the humidifier system. This may includes fixing the rolling wheels for easy transport; basic assembles of some parts and even adjusting settings to meet your personal preference (such as the mist opening size you desire)
Rinse out the water reservoir
It is always a routine to rinse any new thing bought that needs to be rinsed. In this case new humidifiers should be properly rinsed especially the water tanks or reservoir. This will help to remove any stuck up dirty that were left during manufacturing process.
Add water to the reservoir
Once the reservoir is cleaned, add water to it. Distilled water is the best as it’s free from mineral deposits and other additives that may be produce from the normal runny tap water. When adding water makes sure that you look for the mark spot in the reservoir so that you don’t allow over flowing of water.
There should be a marked water line on the water reservoir. Add the water up until this indicated water line.
There are some humidifier that required filter to be fix directly to the water, if a filter is needed you should then fix it.
Position your humidifier
The humidifier must be place on a level surface raise at least 12 inches from the wall and high up with nothing under it. Do not put the humidifier under shelf or near curtains or paper. Nearby items tend to get moisten by the humidifier.
Turn on and adjust any settings
Now you can plug in your humidifier to power source and turn it on. If your humidifier features button or knob, you can use either of them to adjust settings to prefer choice. If you don’t know what settings to use consult your manual instructions booklet as a clue on what each buttons or knob represent.
Some of the humidifiers are design with open areas where you can add lubricant such as essential oil, vaporize rub etc to the mist. You can actually do this at time if needed. Nevertheless if your own humidifier doesn’t demand that then you should ignore it.
Remember normal humidity levels in a room should be between 30 to 50%. Turn off the humidifier when not in use and also it should not be running in an empty room.
Clean the humidifier regularly
Regular cleaning of your humidifier will prevent you from breathing airborne disease that accumulate in over used unwashed humidifiers and water reservoir. Remember when you don’t clean your unit, it encourages the growth of bacteria, molds etc. in the water tanks.
For regular user clean your humidifier at least once in a month but for non regular users, you can schedule your cleaning in every 2 to 3 months.
When cleaning your humidifier, you can make use of water and soft soap but hydrogen and white vinegar thus kills bacteria.
Water and mild soap work well for basic cleaning, but hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar can also kill bacteria.