How to Make a Humidifier Filter Last Longer

Humidifier filter manufacturers recommend only using a filter for 30 to 90 days. It gives this recommendation because as the humidifier runs, it take in air through the filter and returns air to the room with a warm or cool mist. As the humidifier take in air, the filter traps dust and particles thus clogging the filter over time. When the filter gets clogged, the humidifier has to work harder to keep up with the demand of the output. Therefore, if you are running the humidifier with a clogged filter, the life of the humidifier will shorten drastically – eventually requiring a costly replacement.

Try to limit or control the following to reduce the premature clogging of your humidifier filter:

  • Smoke – Step outside to smoke – Run fans that take smoke outside of the house.
  • Pets – Don’t allow pets to wander near your humidifier. The best case scenario is to keep them out of the room that your humidifier is in if possible.
  • Dust – Vacuum and dust regularly. Put your humidifier away before reducing dust and allow for the air to settle before running the humidifier again.

Using distilled water is preferred when running a humidifier because mineral deposits can also reduce humidifier efficiency. Over time, deposits build up resulting in unwanted clogging.

If you are diligent and do the above, the average filter will last the whole 90 days of use. Some filters allow for water cleaning but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when doing so.

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Humidifiers Help Snoring

The annoying sound of someone snoring next to you can change your life.  The anxiety of the next work day approaches as you look at the clock wondering how you are going to get to sleep with that constant sound.

How Snoring Works

When tissue in the the throat sags, it becomes loose and vibrates when breathing. Snoring can be intensified when the throat and passageways are very dry. These vibrations occur in around half of the population and the sad news is that humidifiers don’t actually stop the tissue sag from nor does it stop the snoring vibrations from occurring. There is a “however…”

Humidifiers Can Help

Humidifiers can help with dampening the sound of snoring and can also decrease the intensity. By adding moisture into the air via a humidifier, the tissue in the throat and passageway becomes lubricated. When lubricated, the throat is vibrating but the humid air dampens the sound. Think about when wet leaves blow past you versus dry leaves – the sound of leaving blowing past is still there but the wet leaves are much quieter. Therefore, if you want to be proactive and take the first step in dampening the sound of you/your partners snoring, purchasing a humidifier is a good start.

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Own a Humidifier for 3 Reasons: Dry Lips – Nosebleeds – Virus Prevention

Humidifiers can sooth dry lips, prevent virus / cold / flu, and preventing nosebleeds.

  1. Soothing Dry Lips
    Especially in the winter, those that suffer from dry lips or scratchy skin look anywhere for relief. One method of relief is owning a cool or warm mist humidifier. These humidifiers will dampen the air preventing these symptoms. Though not a cure, it is considered by medical professionals as a way to monitor and control lips and skin from drying out.
  2. Preventing Nosebleeds
    In a similar manner, humidifiers help to reduce nosebleeds by not allowing the inside of the nose to dry out. This can occur from heaters and furnaces that have to be run in winter months. By doing so, the air the house becomes dry and a humidifier can negate these conditions. Thus, humidifiers allow the mucous membranes in the nose to remain moist often preventing nosebleeds.
  3. Virus / Cold / Flu Prevention
    There is research to suggest that moistening the air via use of a humidifier can reduce the spreading of influenza (flu) and other viruses (cold). One reason why colds are more common in the winter is because the air indoors is usually drier. This is caused by heaters and furnaces as described above. When faced with these dry conditions, mucous membranes can dry out. Mucous membranes in the nose are a protective barrier against viruses and other microbes.  It does this by shielding foreign bodies from coming in contact with skin. Mucous is a type of antibody and antimicrobial. Therefore, when mucous is dried out, the protect layer is no longer present to prevent cold and flu viruses from taking hold. Humidifiers help to prevent the spread of flu / viruses resulting in healthier households.

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