How To Extend the Life of Your Home Humidifier

Humidifiers add moisture to dry household air, helping reduce the threat of allergies, asthma and sinus congestion. By reducing airborne dust and allergens, humidifers provide a healthier living environment. To keep the water in your humidifier clean and fresh, regular maintenance is required. Demineralization tablets are used to reduce the buildup of calcium, lime and other mineral deposits within the humidifier – use these in conjunction with any humidifier from and you’ll be set!


Prevent Mineral Build-Up

Add fresh water to your humidifier tank daily. If you live in an area with hard water, add demineralizaation tablets to the humidifier tank following manufactures package label instructions. Most brand suggest 1 one tablet added to the tank per week. Demineralization tablets help remove minerals and impurities in the water in the tank of your humidifier and prevent white dust formed from airborne minerals.


Sodium Chlorine

Demineralization tablets are made from sodium chloride, commonly known as salt, common salt, table salt or halite. Salt is readily available and does not have any special handling or storage requirements. Demineralization tablets may be purchased online or from local home and garden supplies or your humidifier dealer.


Potassium Chloride

Some brands of demineralization tablets are made from potassium chloride as a low sodium alternative to sodium chloride in household humidifiers and water softener units. A metal halide salt, potassium chloride is comprised of potassium and chlorine.


Humidifier Maintenance
To deep clean your humidifier and leave it clean and bacteria free, drain the old water from the humidifier tank. Prepare a cleaning solution of chlorine tablets and water. The amount of chlorine required for a solution to clean your humidifier is based on the capacity of the water tank. Pour the mixture in the humidifier tank and allow to sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Drain the cleaning solution from the humidifier and wipe with a soft, dry cloth. Clean the humidifier with a chlorine solution monthly.
Chlorine tablets, liquid or granulated powder are available for purchase online or from home and garden supply stores. Follow manufactures package instructions for the amount of chlorine for your humidifier. Always wear protective rubber gloves and eye protection when working with caustic chemicals such as chlorine. Be sure to work in an area that provides adequate ventilation.

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