Humidifiers: How to use and maintain them
Humidifiers-what is a humidifier? The humidifier discharges moisture into the air. This is especially useful in winter because winter weather and indoor heating systems can dry out the air and dry out the eyes, nose, lips, and skin.
You should control the humidity in your home at 30% to 50%. You can use a tool called a hygrometer available in most hardware stores to measure the liquid level. If your level is below 30%, consider using a humidifier, especially if you often have a sore throat, bleeding nose, or dry skin.
Once you have a proper humidifier, it is still important to maintain a humidity level on the eyes. Any bacteria above 50% can become a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, and other bacteria. Water above 60% can cause condensation on windows and other surfaces, which can also allow microorganisms to enter your house.
Some humidifiers have humidifiers that can detect the humidity in the room and turn off the machine when it reaches the correct level.
Benefits of humidifiers
Dry air sucks fluid from the sinuses, which makes you more likely to have a nosebleed or sinus infection. In addition to preventing these problems, if you have cold or other diseases that affect the lungs, a humidifier can also make breathing easier.
Humidifiers can also help the following:
- Dry or inflamed eyes
- Dry skin
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
Type of humidifiers
The evaporator works in the same way as a pot of water on the stove. They boil water to make steam, which then evaporates into the air. Some doctors warn you not to use these medicines if you have children because of the risk of burns.
Evaporative humidifiers use a fan to blow air onto a wet absorbent material (such as a wick), which transfers moisture into the air. Not only is it simple and relatively safe, but it is also less likely to release bacteria and minerals into the air than other types of humidifiers. But this is only if you are regularly clean and dry and replace the filter.
The central humidifier is connected to your house’s plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, and covers the entire house. This is convenient because you don’t have to supplement the water supply, but you do need to maintain the system well to prevent certain allergens from entering the air.
Ultrasonic humidifiers use ultra-fast vibrations to turn water into steam. They are quiet, efficient, and inexpensive.
What kind of water to use humidifiers
Tap water contains different amounts of minerals, depending on where you live. They can glue your humidifier and multiply bacteria that are sprayed into the air along with water vapor. Minerals can also form a white fine powder, causing scaling in the machine, which is another breeding ground for bacteria. These problems are more common in ultrasonic and impeller humidifiers.
The distilled water provided by the grocery store contains fewer minerals, but it is not clear. As long as the humidifier is cleaned regularly, distilled water is better than tap water.
Although a humidifier can help in many ways, it is very important to keep it clean and well maintained. Dirty humidifiers can be a hotbed of bacteria and mold. If they start to grow in the humidifier, they will be released into the air and you can inhale them. The same goes for tiny minerals in bottled or tap water.
And don’t let the air get too humid-it can cause condensation on the walls and floors and become homes for bacteria, mold, and dust mites. These can trigger allergies and are especially harmful if you have difficulty breathing (such as asthma). Air conditioners or dehumidifiers can help dehumidify evenly.
If you have a steam humidifier with boiling water, please be especially careful. If not handled properly, they can be very hot and may cause burns.
How to use an ultrasonic humidifier safely
- Use only distilled water (no minerals).
- Frequently clean with vinegar-do not use chemicals.
- Do not add essential oils or steam scrubs.
- Do not use in a closed space-open the bedroom door.
- Pay attention to the white dust, if you find any dust, please stop using it immediately
Perform all these steps before storing the humidifier and immediately after removing it from storage.