Using Humidifiers – Need to Know Tips for Your Home
Ahhh Choo! The cold winter months bring about colds that get passed from family member to family member. Using a humidifier can help relieve nasal congestion and it’s often recommended for use by physicians to help relieve cold symptoms. It can also help balance the air inside your home when it gets cold inside from the dry winter months.
But, are you using your humidifier correctly?
Certification – Do you know if the humidifier you are using is UL-certified? UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Certified means that it has been inspected and meets specific, defined requirements. The air you and your family breathe from a humidifier should be safe, so make sure yours has the UL certification or replace it with one that does.
Keep it clean – If the inside of your humidifier is starting to look like an abstract painting, it is long overdue to be cleaned! Cleaning it with white vinegar is best because any residue left over won’t be harmful to breathe in. Use a scrub brush and Q-tips to get in all of the nooks, and any pieces that can be removed from the main unit can be soaked in the sink to let the vinegar do its work. If you are concerned about mold buildup in the unit, run a cycle or two of vinegar and water to clean out the entire system.
Location – A humidifier is best kept on a table or dresser and pointed towards the center of the room for best results. Make sure the cord is away from typical walking paths in the room, and out of reach of small children. Keep the door ajar when the humidifier is being used so the room doesn’t get over-humid.
Water – Humidifiers work best with cold water because it has less minerals than hot water. Make sure to replace the water daily and clean it regularly to maintain the safety and keep your family healthy. In between uses, leave it out to completely dry before storing it for the next time it needs to be used. Make sure you unplug it while you perform maintenance on it!
Humidity Level – During the winter months, your home should be kept between 30 and 50 percent humidity. If you are concerned about the humidity level in your home, an inexpensive hygrometer can test the level for you.
If you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, contact Five Star Charleston for an appointment with one of our qualified technicians.