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How to Maintain and Clean Your Humidifier

March 23, 2016 • By

How to Maintain and Clean Your Humidifier

Whether you’ve been using a humidifier for a few days or for years, knowing how to maintain and clean it is just as important as the health benefits that come along with it. Because a humidifier is water-based, it is prone to start growing mildew and mold if it is not cleaned or maintained. That means you’ll probably start breathing in disgusting air filled with mildew and mold which could end up being detrimental to your health and have you end up in the hospital with “humidifier lung”. This completely defeats the entire purpose of even having a humidifier in the first place.

By maintaining and cleaning your humidifier, you’ll not only get rid of all gunk but you’ll also reap the following benefits which include:

  • Relieving colds, coughs, and the flu
  • Preventing allergy, sinusitis, nose bleeding, and hay fever symptoms
  • Relieving and preventing dry, scratchy skin, and lips
  • Reducing static electricity
  • Preserving your voice
  • Improving the air quality at your home
  • Reducing asthma attacks
  • Helping babies sleep peacefully
  • Reducing snoring
  • Preventing breakout
  • Moisturizing your skin
  • Preserving indoor plants

Cleaning

Cleaning Manual

Every humidifier should come with an instruction manual that includes instructions on cleaning the appliance. It is advisable to always refer to the cleaning instructions for any appliance before attempting to do it yourself. If your humidifier is still under warranty, then it is very important to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Daily Cleaning

Choose a specific time during the day – after work, before you go to bed or in the morning after breakfast – and clean your humidifier. A daily cleaning will keep all the mineral deposits (or gunk) from building up in the appliance and will also prevent the minerals from being spread in the air. A daily cleaning is fairly simple to do – just empty and refill the humidifier with clean distilled water every single day.

Weekly Cleaning

You need to do a proper cleaning and disinfect your humidifier at least once a week. To do so you need to follow two different processes. The first is cleaning your dehumidifier. Here is a step by step breakdown on how to do so:

  • Unplug your humidifier.
  • Remove the filter and rinse with cool water underneath the faucet. Do not use any kind of cleaning product on your humidifier’s filters as chemicals can cause permanent damage.
  • Allow to drip dry on a clean towel.
  • Remove the water tank.
  • Pour equal parts vinegar and warm water into an empty spray bottle.
  • Let the solution set for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Then using an old toothbrush, cloth or sponge to scrub off any leftover mineral content. Remove any residue or build-up by gently scrubbing with the soft bristle brush or toothbrush.
  • Repeat the scrubbing process a second time on areas that need it.
  • Pour straight vinegar into the base of the humidifier and let it set for 45 minutes to an hour. Using the same cleaning tool as before, scrub the base to remove any foreign materials.
  • Rinse thoroughly, and wait to dry.

Now that the cleaning part is done, you can move onto step two which is disinfecting your humidifier. Here is how you do so:

  • Fill the water tank with clean water and add one teaspoon of bleach to every gallon of water. Alternatively, you can use 3% hydrogen peroxide instead.
  • Gently swish the solution to cover the tank evenly and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.

Once you’ve both cleaned and disinfected your humidifier, you can put it back together, fill the tank with cool water and resume regular use.

What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your Humidifier?

If you do not clean your humidifier regularly or don’t clean it properly, you can cause this incredible appliance to become a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and germs.  Dirty humidifiers can be particularly problematic for people with asthma and allergies as well as cause lung-infections and flu-like symptoms in healthy people that do not suffer from respiratory problems.

If you’ve bought your humidifier to improve your health then don’t slack off on keeping it clean. A bacteria-filled humidifier will leave you no better off, but extremely sick. It is truly worth the time you have available to just clean your humidifier.

Maintenance
All humidifiers, regardless of their type, carry a risk of bacteria and mold growth. This may be the result of two things:

  • Failing to clean the humidifier components and not change the water regularly.
  • Filling the humidifier with mineral-rich tap water. When bacteria and mold grow inside a humidifier, traces of them can be released into the air you breathe. Additionally, the high mineral content of tap water can cause a dirty film (the gunk) to build up inside the water reservoir.

What Happens If You Don’t Maintain Your Humidifier?

Here are a few of the serious health issues that can occur when you don’t maintain your humidifier:

  • If you have allergies or an existing asthma condition, regularly inhalation of the high mineral content of tap water can aggravate your symptoms or cause a full-on attack.
  • A more serious side effect is an illness called humidifier lung – also known as humidifier fever or, by its medical name, hypersensitivity pneumonitis. This lung condition develops when you inhale vapors contaminated with certain strains of bacteria. Temporary symptoms of humidifier lung include cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, body aches, lung inflammation and general malaise. These symptoms will typically subside when the cause is corrected. However, if you continue to breathe contaminated air day after day, you may develop chronic symptoms such as weight loss, loss of appetite, respiratory infections, lung scarring and lung disease.

Tips for Avoiding Bacteria and Mold Growth

To help prevent this horrific illness, study up on how to properly maintain your humidifier and follow these easy maintenance tips:

  • As mentioned above, it is very important to change your humidifier water daily. Stagnant water is a desirable breeding ground for mold spores and bacteria. Simply empty and wipe down your humidifier’s water tank every day and constantly refill it with clean fresh water.
  • Use distilled or demineralized water to fill your humidifier as this type of water has less mineral content than normal tap water. When used, these water types make your humidifier less likely to expel white mineral dust into your indoor air  and make it less likely for that dust to invade your lungs.
  • Clean your humidifier thoroughly every few days or at least once a week. Use a soft-bristled brush (or a toothbrush) and vinegar (or bleach) when cleaning the inside of your humidifier’s water tank. Wipe down the exterior with a clean, damp cloth. Wait for all components to dry completely before filling with fresh water and turning on.

Bleach or Vinegar as a Cleaning Agent

Some cleaning manuals from the manufacturer will advise that you use bleach instead of vinegar which is perfectly OK. Both vinegar and bleach do the same job but vinegar is  healthier. If you have allergies, not using bleach but rather a natural cleaner like vinegar can be better for your health. This applies to asthma suffered too as well as those who have multiple chemical sensitivities. Harsh chemical cleaners can often leave odors and residues that may irritate symptoms.

Using natural white vinegar is an excellent alternative option for bleach and doubles as a disinfectant and deodorizer to eliminate mineral buildup and disinfect surfaces.

Tips

  • If your filter is not made of plastic or cannot withstand chemicals, skip the vinegar and bleach soakings during the cleaning process. Simply rinse and soak the filter in clean water to clean it.
  • Check your owner’s manual for cleaning guidelines. If it differs from the instructions here, follow those provided by the manufacturer.
  • To avoid lime build up in the future and keep away bacteria, fill the humidifier with distilled or demineralized water. Regular tap water contains minerals that leave a build-up which can feed bacteria growth.
  • Many filters are designed to be tossed and replaced. If yours is old and rugged, do yourself a favor and replace it.
  • To sanitize the inside of your humidifier, wipe it down with hydrogen peroxide (3%). Allow it to air dry completely before use. Even though this is a chemical, it is very mild – perfect for cleaning your humidifier.

Avoiding a Future Mold Problem

Now that your humidifier is clean, try to use distilled water if possible instead of tap water. Distilled water has a lower mineral content. Because you bought the humidifier to remain as healthy as possible, you should know how to quickly check the humidity level in your home. If you see condensation on your windows, the humidity level in your house is most likely too high and a great place for mold and bacteria to grow.

Cleaning your humidifier is not only about cleaning it but also about your health. If you don’t want to have serious health problems in the future then get into the habit of doing a daily cleaning of your humidifier and a weekly cleaning and disinfection while still maintaining your appliance.


Humidifiers

Should You Buy a Warm Mist or Cool Mist Humidifier?

March 23, 2016 • By

Difference-Between-Warm-Cool-Mist-HumidifierShould You Buy a Warm Mist or Cool Mist Humidifier?

When the winter months hit, we are all often left feeling chilly and turning up the temperature. Yes, this helps to keep us warm, but it also completely dries up the air in our homes – leaving us with dry skin, chapped lips, a sore throat or congested sinuses. To relieve this problem, just run a humidifier in your home to add much needed moisture back into the air.

When purchasing a humidifier, you’ll be presented with two different types of this appliance — warm mist and cool mist. The easiest way to choose which one is best for you is to decide on what type of air is easiest for you to breathe in.

Even though both are humidifiers, both types have their own way of operating, own set of benefits and who they are best for. To make a more informed choice when purchasing your humidifier, here is a breakdown of both cold and warm humidifiers; how they work and the pros and cons each of them have:

Warm Mist Humidifier

The best way to know whether a warm mist humidifier is for you is to be thinking about how you breathe in a sauna or steam room. If you feel claustrophobic and struggle to breathe, you should avoid this type of humidifier. But if you inhale well in these steamy conditions, then a warm mist is the best option for you.

How It Works?

As the name suggests, this appliance releases warm mists. The warm mist humidifier does this by heating up the water inside of it and releasing a warm mist or hot steam into the air. The water is heated up by an internal heating element that boils the water – turning it into steam. The humidifier then releases an invisible warm mist into the air.

Pros

  • If you live in a cold climate, using a warm mist humidifier will help make the room feel warmer than it actually is.
  • Because of a warm mist humidifier boils that water that is released into the air, it is considered healthier than a cold mist humidifier. The boiling process kills waterborne bacteria and mold and prevents them from being released into the air. Therefore, you’ll only be breathing in a pure, clean mineral free moisture output.
  • Another benefit of this type of humidifier is that it doesn’t have an internal fan – making it extremely quiet compared to cool mist humidifiers.
  • Unlike the cool mist humidifier, this humidifier has no wick filter so there is no need to replace it.
  • Some warm mist humidifiers even have a medicine cup in the appliance that disperses a soothing vapor through the room. This is especially helpful for newborn babies with asthma or congestion symptoms.

Cons

  • Adding warm, moist air into a room can encourage the growth of mold which is why people that suffer from allergies would be better off using a cool mist humidifier.
  • Warm mist humidifiers are a little more difficult to clean too since mineral deposits are often left behind during the boiling process.
  • Because there is a heating element in the humidifier, it has a higher power consumption than other humidifiers.
  • The heating element and warm water that it produces may also cause a risk with small children or pets who accidentally tip it over or get to close to the dispersing area.
  • Unfortunately, a warm mist humidifier can only be used for small rooms; otherwise, it becomes ineffective.

Best For

Warm mist humidifiers are not as well-suited for large areas. They are best used in smaller areas like bedrooms and offices. However, many people have found these humidifiers to be more comfortable for use during cold winter months.

Safety

Safety is a huge issue when it comes to using a warm mist humidifier as it uses heating elements to raise the temperature of the water in the tank. The water in the tank reaches boiling point and poses a potential danger to children and pets. Warm mist humidifiers aren’t advised for homes with children as they present very real and potential burn risks.

Cold Mist Humidifier

Allergy or asthma sufferers will have an easier time breathing with a cool mist humidifier. By extracting any impurities from the air, these humidifiers will allow you breathe in the cleanest air possible.

How It Works?

Untreated dry air enters the system around the side and back of the humidifier. The dry air passes through the saturated wick filter that sits in the base of the humidifier and absorbs water. A fan then blows dry room air through the saturated wick filter causing the water in the filter to evaporate into the room. This, in turn, adds moisture into the air.  The wick filter also traps any impurities that may be in the water – ensuring that the moisturized air is completely pure, clean and free of any minerals or impurities.

Pros

  • Because the water is not heated before it is dispersed, these humidifiers typically use less electricity and are more cost efficient.
  • Cool mist humidifiers are also the better option if you have young children and pets in your home as they do not use boiling water.
  • The wick filter also ensures a pure and clean mineral-free moisture output.
  • Cool mist humidifiers are the best option for adding moisture to large areas or even entire houses as the fans can be powerful enough to cover large areas with a single humidifier.
  • It also brings down the overall temperature of the room – making you feel cooler during the warm summer months.

Cons

  • Cool mist humidifiers tend to make more noise than warm mist units. Since these devices use fans to blanket your room with moisture, they can be slightly noisier than warm mist humidifiers.
  • Even though during the summer months a cool mist humidifier can be refreshing as it lowers the temperature of a room, in the winter months it can cause the air to be slightly chillier.
  • The wick filter inside the cool mist humidifier needs to constantly be replaced as bacteria and mold can grow on it. Most wick filters should be replaced approximately every 2 months although some models have cleanable, reusable filters.

Best For:

Many parents opt for cool mist humidifiers to avoid hot water accidents in children’s nurseries, bedrooms or other living spaces. If you have children or mischievous pets, this type of humidifier might be the best option as the vapor won’t burn the skin when touched. Cool mist humidifiers are also ideal to add moisture into larger spaces as the fans help the air to move.

Things to Remember When Running a Humidifier:

Keep Your Humidifier Clean

No matter which model of humidifier you are using, it is extremely important to keep your humidifier clean.

In cool mist humidifiers, this means replacing the wick filter and ensuring you clean the water tanks with vinegar. Warm mist humidifiers have a higher chance of mineral deposits left behind in the humidifier, but these can also be simply removed by using vinegar. Make sure to also read your user manual and follow its specific maintenance and cleaning instructions, especially if your humidifier is still under warranty.

Use a Hygrometer

When running a humidifier, you’ll also want to use a hygrometer. This simple device measures how much humidity is in the air. Make sure that your humidity level does not go above 50 percent since that will encourage the growth of mold spores, bacteria and dust mites. A humidity of 35 to 45 percent is optimal.


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12 Reasons to Own a Humidifier

March 23, 2016 • By

12 Reasons to Own a Humidifier

Working to add moisture back into the air of your home, especially during cold and dry months, a humidifier offers homeowners numerous health, home and beauty benefits. From preventing colds and nose bleeds to moisturizing your skin and even reducing snoring; humidifiers instantly improve your health, allow your skin to glow and help you sleep better. However, the benefits don’t end with you. Adding a humidifier to your home also prevents your wooden furniture from chipping and cracking and keeps your plants hydrated.

How Much Humidification Do You Need?

Before we answer this question, let’s first establish three simple ways to manage your humidifier use in general to promote safety and hygiene:

  • Before you start humidifying your home, always make sure that the moisture (water) you use is pure and clean.
  • Using regular tap water is ok, but using water that is bottled is usually better.
  • Also, always make sure that your humidifier is clean and disinfected for the best use.

Now for the question; as a humidifier owner it is always important to remember to monitor moisture levels in your home. Determining the ideal moisture level comes down to following these basic principles:

  • Always remember that while dry air can be uncomfortable, too much moisture in the air encourages growth of various organisms including mold and dust mites. To keep your home comfortably humid without encouraging dust mite and mold growth, keep your indoor humidity levels between 40 and 50 percent. (This is especially important for people with allergies!)
  • During the cold and dry winter months, you should turn the humidity up. During the warmer summer months, it needs to be lowered.
  • Some humidifiers come with a built-in hygrometer or humidity gauge that will help you sufficiently manage the humidity in your home, so make use of this feature if it is available.

In terms of your health, maintaining the correct level of humidity in your home is an important component for those suffering from allergies and asthma. During the winter, when dry air tends to be more problematic, asthma and allergy sufferers can greatly benefit from environmental control of indoor humidity levels.

Monitoring moisture levels in your home and regular maintenance of your humidifier can ensure you get all of the benefits of moistened air without any of the risks. With benefits to your skin, health and home, getting a humidifier will only give you and your family a better standard of living.

If you still aren’t quite sold on getting this beneficial appliance, then take a look at these 14 reasons why it is important to own a humidifier:

Humidifiers Keep You Healthy

Ever feel all bunged up in cold or dry weather? Well, that is because of a lack of moisture in the air.

Humidity allows the tiny hairs in your nose to move and do their job of filtering out bacteria and viruses which cause colds and the flu. By adding moisture to your home, you are allowing those tiny hairs to do their job, and keeping yourself healthy.

Using a humidifier helps prevent the spread of airborne viruses. A study has shown that raising the indoor humidity level to at least 43 percent has a dramatic effect on up to approximately 85 percent of airborne viruses. It leaves them virtually ineffective. As a result of the study’s findings, researchers are now contemplating increasing the humidity levels in hospitals across the USA as an extra method for protecting doctors, nurses and visitors from getting sick.

Moisture has the ability to prevent the movement of germs as they combine with it. When the airborne germs combine with moisture they become too heavy to float around in the air, and instantly stop and drop. This reaction helps prevent the spread of many illnesses and is one of the main benefits of a humidifier which simply increases the overall humidity levels in a room or in a home.

They Treat Illness

If you are already sick, air moisturized with a humidifier can help soothe the symptoms of colds or flu. One of the main benefits of having a humidifier when you’re already sick is that it relieves sinusitis and congestion. When the air is too dry your sinuses don’t drain and function correctly, leaving you feeling blocked up and in pain. According to some in the medical field, using a humidifier and adding moisture into the air is generally good for the health of your sinus.

Another irritation that a humidifier soothes is the onset of allergies. People who suffer from bad allergies such as hay fever specifically use a humidifier to purify the air getting rid of anything that might irritate their nose, eyes or skin. However, sinusitis, congestion and allergy relief are not the only health benefits that this device has. It also helps with various other aches and pains.

A few other symptoms that a humidifier relieves include the following:

  • Soothes dry and irritated nasal passages
  • Soothes throat and bronchial tubes
  • Helps you breathe when you have a chest, nose or throat infection
  • Helps you get to sleep easier

Humidifiers Help You Heal Faster

Humidifiers don’t only treat your illness and relieve your symptoms, but they also allow you to heal faster. As mentioned above, a humidifier keeps your nasal passages lubricated which helps speed up your body’s healing process. Whether it be a cold, asthma or allergies, a humidifier keeps your nasal passages lubricated. This helps speed up the healing process when you’re under the weather.

No More Nose Bleeds

Use of a humidifier can effectively crush this annoying issue!

It is essential to have your nasal passages moist and lubricated (with water, of course!) in order to prevent nosebleeds. If you or a family member experience regular nosebleeds due to dry climate, it is worth giving a humidifier a try. Many people have found that owning a humidifier makes an outrageous difference in preventing nosebleeds.

Humidifiers Reduce Snoring

If your partner snores – leaving you awake until the early hours of the morning, then getting a humidifier will not only reduce their snoring, but will also allow you to have a good night’s rest.

Snoring is caused by low moisture levels in your nose and soft palate. Thus, staying hydrated throughout the night can be a big help. Yes, this can be done by drinking plenty of water, but that would lead to numerous toilet breaks throughout the night and these would, yet again, disturb your sleep. Moisture can also be added to the air with a humidifier. By adding this moisture, you fight off the dryness that leads to snoring – leaving both you and your partner happy.

Humidifiers Preserve Your Voice

Humidifiers have become a popular device in the voice preservation community. Numerous singers make use of humidifiers to preserve their singing voices. Your vocal cords need to be supple and well lubricated in order to vibrate and produce the best sound. Dehydration, viruses and eating the wrong types of food can cause you to lose your singing (and sometimes, even your speaking) voice. By keeping the air moist in your room (especially while you sleep), you can re-hydrate your vocal chords. Hydrated vocal chords not only aid you in getting your voice back, they also maintain your voice.

They Moisturize Your Skin

Blasting the heat throughout your home during the winter months dries out the air. This can leave your skin looking and feeling tight, dry and itchy (especially around areas like your hands). Dry air also causes chapped lips more often and more easily in winter which can often feel painful. By sleeping with your humidifier on at night, you can add moisture to the air. It helps to soothe and moisturize your dry skin. With immediate results, you’ll notice that when you wake up in the morning your skin will be looking suppler and your hands and lips won’t feel dry and dehydrated.

Humidifiers Help Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles

Besides keeping your skin moisturized, a humidifier also prevents wrinkles. Once wrinkles appear on your face or body, it is nearly impossible to get rid of them unless you get surgery. Prevention is better than a cure. Thus, making sure that the wrinkles do not show up in the first place is the best way to treat them. The drier your skin is, the more prominent your wrinkles become. A humidifier helps fill the room with nourishing, moisturizing steam that can smooth out your skin and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

They Help to Prevent Breakouts

As mentioned above, a humidifier has many benefits for your skin. Another one to add to this list is preventing breakouts. When you strip the oils from your face with a cleanser, your skin is forced to produce even more oil to compensate which can result in a nasty breakout. Similarly, when the air dries out the sensitive skin on your face, your oil production kicks up and may cause blemishes. Keeping the correct humidity levels in your home helps banish acne and soothes dry skin. Combine the use of the humidifier with applying moisturizer specific to your skin type to further improve your skin and keep it looking amazing as well as breakout-free.

Humidifiers Help Babies Sleep Easier & Feel More Comfortable

If you have a have a baby or toddler in your home, then setting up a humidifier in their room will help them sleep and feel better. Babies tend to be more comfortable and sleep better in a humidified environment. The best part is that a comfortable, sleeping baby provides a restful night for everyone in the house.

Creating Warmth

A humidifier not only fights dry skin and keeps you healthy during the winter months, but also keeps your home feeling warm. It has nothing to do with turning your humidifier heat up, but rather it adds moisture into the air – making it feel warmer. For example, air with a temperature of 70 degrees and 10 percent humidity will make the air feel like it is 67 degrees. If you turn up the humidity to 50 percent, then the air will feel like it is 69 degrees.

Humidifiers Help to Protect Furnishings

If you have wooden furniture and flooring, you should definitely have a humidifier. Too much moisture or dryness can be an enemy to your wood furniture – causing various problems. Too much moisture often leads to mildew while too little moisture causes dryness. Dryness in furniture can cause it to lose its natural luster and develop weakened joints. Maintaining a consistent temperature in your home by using a humidifier can help to establish the perfect balance for your furniture to remain preserved and beautiful all year round.

They Help to Hydrate Your Indoor Plants

Many species of indoor plants originally come from tropical climates with high humidity. With many homes drying out during the winter months, indoor air does not offer adequate humidity for these plants to thrive. If you do not have the correct humidity inside your home for indoor plants, it will become apparent when leaves get brown at the tips or your plants die altogether.

Humidifiers Control Static Electricity

Ever spent half the day trying to get your hair flat in a static filled environment or watch your pets jolt because of static electricity? Well, this is a sure-fire way to determine that winter is coming and the air in your home is getting drier. The dry air in your home not only causes your socks to stick to your pants and shirts, but also causes static electricity. With a humidifier, you can simply lessen the potential for static electricity throughout the year and almost completely control it by keeping the humidity from dropping.

Added static electricity in your home can be annoying, but it can also be a real danger to your electronic equipment – including your computer. Even though the chance of electric shock causing any significant damage is minimal (unless you happen to have your computer taken apart at the time) it is still an issue to take seriously. In the case of your computer being taken partially apart, the risk can be quite significant and you could end up with a dead motherboard or other less obvious forms of damage.

Whether you’re trying to remain healthy, get your voice back, prevent breakouts or prevent wrinkles, getting a humidifier will have you and your entire family not only feeling, but looking much better than you ever have before. Owning a humidifier can have many more indirect effects on you as your children and partner will be able to sleep better without any snoring. Plus, your wooden furniture and flooring as well as your indoor plants will be preserved and have a longer lifespan. No matter where you live, getting a humidifier will work wonders for your home and your health.

 


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Can a Dehumidifier Help After a Flood?

March 23, 2016 • By

Can a Dehumidifier Help After a Flood?

As a homeowner, having your home flooded can be a complete and utter nightmare. From panic and disbelief to trying to figure out how to dry out your home as well as how you’re going to pay for it all, homeowners are left with damaged homes – paying large sums of money to have it fixed and feeling awfully stressed out. Caused by anything from torrential rain, a burst geyser, a flash flood, a hurricane or broken water main, these types of eventualities are often unexpected and extremely dangerous. After the panic of trying to save as much from your flooded area has died down and realization that your home has been flooded has settled in, it is time to think about fixing the problem.

Whether it is your basement, a room in your home or even part of your office space that is flooded, it is important for you to know what steps to take to dry the flooded areas out. With days (sometimes weeks) of repair work to be done, it can cost a homeowner hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars.  If you are not covered by insurance you will be responsible for forking out the cash. Getting a professional in to do a mammoth job like this one can be very expensive and force you to have your home invaded by numerous strangers. Because of all the above reasons, many home or office owners prefer restoring their flooded area themselves.

Getting your place together after a flood can be rough, but, unless you like the idea of swimming in a soggy bed of mildew-covered carpeting or slipping around on moldy floors, then you will need to find a way to get it dry quickly. A natural dry-out is possible, but this often takes weeks (even months) to completely dry out a room. Unfortunately, this process could potentially cause more serious problems like the formation of odors, mildew, dust mites, mold, allergies, and asthma as well. But there is a way for you to dry out areas or rooms of your home or office space without professional help that is not only cost effective, but also efficient. This process will include dehumidifying your flooded area to restore it to its original state.

The initial process of getting your home ready to be dried out with a dehumidifier is very important. By following these seven simple steps, you’ll soon have an area ready for drying out.

Step 1 – Protect Yourself

The water that flooded your area could be swimming with all manner of nasties. It could be boiling water from a geyser or water filled with various bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella or Hepatitis (yes, even hepatitis!). Thus, it is important to protect yourself by wearing gloves and waterproof boots. It might also be useful to keep a pair of goggles and a face mask close by – just in case they are needed.

Step 2 – Do a Flood Safety Inspection

It is important to check for hazardous conditions in the flooded area of your home and if any are found they need to be immediately dealt with. Hazardous conditions include the following:

  • Structural damage – Large bodies of water can easily move and break the heaviest of objects – making accidents like a bookshelf falling on you happen very easily. Be aware of your surroundings and proceed with caution through the flooded area.
  • Electrical hazards – Even if your flooded area only has an inch of standing water, remember that water conducts electricity. Do not head into a flooded room without switching off the electricity or else you might get electrocuted.
  • Pathogenic bacteria
  • Mold and mildew

You will also need to inspect the space and determine to what extent the water has actually migrated into your home by using a moisture meter. You can often find an inexpensive version of a moisture meter at your local hardware store that does exactly the same thing as the professional ones.

Step 3 – Determining the Cause of the Flood

Flooding can be caused by anything from natural disasters to man-made errors. It is important to identify the problem as one or the other and then take action accordingly. Unlike natural disasters, man made errors that cause flooding can usually quickly be stopped by doing the following:

  • Broken pipe or burst geyser:  turn off the water at the shut-off valve.
  • Backup from a blocked drain: do your best to unblock the drain by renting an auger or removing any visible blockages.
  • Water main breaks: call your local municipality office and report it immediately.

Step 4 – Open up The Windows & Doors

As mentioned above, opening your windows and doors won’t completely dry out your flooded area, but it will allow fresh air in. It may also get rid of any odors that may occur.

Step 5 – Move or Elevate Building Contents

Once you’ve done your flood safety inspection, you can move onto moving or elevating any building content which might get permanently damaged. Once the area is free of any or most content, you can then start to remove as much water as possible via pumps. When the water is at a level that the pumps can no longer reach, vacuum the rest of the water up with a portable extraction unit. You can rent a portable extraction unit at industrial equipment rental store or purchase a wet and dry vacuum at your local hardware store.

Step 6 – Remove the Carpet Padding & Dispose

Carpet padding is the most difficult to dry. Professional water damage restorers have specialized equipment to save most of the carpet padding, but you are fixing a flooded area of your home by yourself so you’ll just need to remove it and dispose of it. If you don’t remove the carpet padding, and continue onward with these steps, what will happen in a few days is that your carpet will feel dry, but the pad will still be wet which can cause more problems.

Start in the corner of the flooded area and, using a pair of needle nose pliers, grab a piece of the carpet and gently pull up. This will disengage the carpeting from the tackless strip holding it down. Pull the carpeting back as far as you can and then cut out the water soaked padding. Do this from all four corners until you have removed all of the padding.

Step 7 – Disinfect the Flooded Basement

Before you can start disinfecting the flooded area you need to get pine oil and bleach. Make sure that you dilute the bleach with water and that you have the proper dilution rate for disinfecting which can be found on the packaging. Use a pump sprayer to apply the bleach mixture to all hard surfaces – including the floors and up on the walls. It is important to use the bleach mixture to the height that the moisture meter indicates is wet.

Do not apply the bleach solution to the carpeting, but rather have it professionally cleaned once the carpet has dried. Pine oil is a phenolic disinfectant that is mildly antiseptic and is relatively inexpensive as well as widely available. Use your purchased pine oil on all non-porous household items. This will help prevent the growth of mold.

Dehumidifying Your Flooded Area

Now that your flooded area has been prepared for the dehumidifying process, you can finally dry it out by creating an artificially dry environment. The drier the air in your flooded area, the faster it will dry. To achieve this you’ll need a dehumidifier which can be rented from an industrial equipment rental store or bought on Amazon. Combined with the dehumidifier, we suggest using an air mover (a special fan) which will pull moisture out of your dry walls, carpeting and framing material.

What Does a Dehumidifier Do to the Flooded Area?

Once an air mover has extracted all the moisture from the drywall, carpets and framing material, the dehumidifier can be put to use. A dehumidifier pulls in the warm moisture over a cold coil which causes the water vapor in the air to condense. The condensed water is then collected in a tray or pumped away (depending on your dehumidifier model and make).

Problems can occur if you have too much or too little air movement and not enough dehumidification. If water damaged structures have too much air and too little dehumidification, there is the possibility of secondary damage happening. Secondary damage is the result of extremely high relative humidity which can cause the following:

  • damage of books
  • damage of electrical instruments
  • warped doors, drawers and ceilings
  • peeling wallpaper and corroded metal

The same can be said for the reverse situation when you use too little air movement. This can prolong the drying process. The longer the water is present, the higher the probability that there will be damage to structural elements such as:

  • sheet rock disintegrating
  • framework warping
  • carpet backing rotting

How to Get the Best Results

For the best results from drying out the flooded area, you’ll need approximately one air mover for every ten linear feet of wet walls. You will also need a dehumidifier capable of handling the amount of water that the air movers are going to put in the air.

 

Small Flooded Areas

If you already have a dehumidifier and the flooded area is fairly small, you can use the outside air as a natural dehumidifier.  By watching the local weather forecast or using a weather app on your smartphone, you can figure out a day with relatively low humidity. On that day you can open up all of your windows and then shut the windows if the humidity rises. This is called an “Open Drying System”.

 

Large Flooded Areas

If you’re dealing with a large area, you may have to go to your local rental store and rent a large commercial grade dehumidifier as the “Open Drying System” won’t work. You can also buy your own dehumidifier from Amazon like the “Ebac Kompact Dehumidifier” with a Built-in Pump which is compact in size, but packs all the punch of a larger, industrial dehumidifier. It is also designed for anyone who needs a dehumidifier that can be easily moved and is perfect for anyone who is  doing a DIY flood restoration, clean up or removal of moisture from a basement.

What Happens If I Don’t Dehumidify A Flooded Area?

Dehumidifiers are essential to use in a flooded area. Without using it you can get a serious mold problem. Mold can start breeding after just a day or two and cause secondary damage. It is therefore important to act as quickly as possible if your home has been flooded. Mold  can cause a number of health issues including breathing difficulty and is particularly dangerous for people with allergies and respiratory problems. It can also cause sneezing, stuffy nose, cough, postnasal drip irritated eyes, irritated nose and irritated throat.

If you haven’t dehumidified your flooded area, you’ll soon notice small black spots that are mold spores growing on the walls. Quickly, you’ll also start finding mold on your clothing, furniture and other linens such as curtains or bed sheets that are left in the area.

Other secondary problems start occurring from all the moisture that is still trapped in the walls, furnishings and other items in the flooded area as well as the moisture that is in the air. If you don’t dehumidify a flooded area, the following secondary problems may occur:

  • Odors that can accompany mold and mildew in your home. You will start smelling a rotten smell that is often caused by mildew.
  • Water stains on the walls or ceilings remain and don’t disappear.
  • Damp conditions that are favorable to microorganisms.
  • Metal surfaces become unpaintable.
  • Electronic equipment malfunctioning.
  • Damaged goods, building parts and furniture.  Your wooden furniture and flooring will start rotting away.
  • The air in the flooded area will constantly feel humid and unpleasant.

Whether you’ve had some plumbing problems or there’s been a flash flood through your neighborhood, getting a dehumidifier to help resolve flooding in your home or business is the best way to dry-out your flooded area. By following the seven steps before dehumidifying and using your dehumidifier in conjunction with an air mover, you’ll quickly have your home or business back to its original state in no time.

 


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Debunking Myths About Humidifiers

March 23, 2016 • By

Debunking Myths About Humidifiers

When it comes to humidifiers, there are plenty of myths surrounding their use. Many people are uncertain about what they do to you and how one ought to be using them. Even though some of these myths are partially true, most of them can easily and effortlessly be debunked. Before you go ahead and scratch a humidifier off your shopping list, make sure to read and research the truth about these appliances.

We’ve taken some of the most common myths that muddy the collective reputations of the many types of humidifiers available in the world and shed some light on them – debunking the false assertions and revealing the truth to you.

Myth: Humidifiers Will Eliminate the Need To Ever Dust Again

Don’t retire your feather dusters just yet. The most common misunderstanding about humidifiers is that they literally lift the dust off of the surface of your stuff and magically make it all disappear. Unfortunately, this one is not true. If it was true, the fans inside humidifiers would cause a dust storm and leave allergy sufferers feeling more irritated than ever.

Always make sure your home is dusted as this assists with allergy relief and helps a humidifier do its job better. Remember that a humidifier can stop dust from forming as quickly, but it cannot prevent its appearance all together.

Myth: By Only Using a Humidifier your Allergies Will Be Cured Forever

Adding a humidifier to your home is only one part of allergy relief. It does not cure your allergies but it assists in soothing the symptoms. It also gets rid of pollen, dust mites, mildew and mold that might cause allergies. People who suffer from bad allergies including hay fever specifically use a humidifier to purify the air which gets rid of anything that might irritate their nose, eyes, throat or skin. A cool mist humidifier is the best option for allergy sufferers.

Besides using a humidifier, some other tips to help relieve allergies in your home include the following:

  • Block out any breeze from outside that may bring in dust and pollen.
  • Keep your home clean with less “chemical-heavy” products.
  • Try using a nasal wash, taking a shower or having a bath after being outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Myth: Humidifiers Prevent All Odors in your Home So You Do Not Have To Bother With Everyday Hygiene

Yes, a humidifier does take care of unwanted odors in your home, but this does not mean you can ignore the odor-causing problem. Many people think that using a humidifier gives them permission to leave rotting food in their kitchen, never clean the cat’s litter box and not take out the trash.

A humidifier does not pick up for the slack of bad hygiene. Instead of finding a solution for bad odors in your home (a humidifier), solve the problem by taking out the trash, giving your kitchen a once over and cleaning it, or simply flushing your cat’s waste down the toilet. If you don’t get rid of the problem, it will remain, and masking it with a humidifier doesn’t make it go away. It might also bring about other bacterial and mold problems that this appliance can’t fix.

Myth: The Air Produced By a Cool Mist Humidifier Is Not Clean

Even though a warm mist humidifier boils the water that is released into the air – killing any bacteria or germs within it, it is not necessarily better than a cool mist humidifier can be. A warm mist humidifier usually has a pure, clean and mineral-free moisture output which is often a little cleaner than a cool mist humidifier. However, this does not mean that the air produced by a cool mist humidifier is particularly dirty. Using a wick filter, cool mist humidifiers also ensure a clean mineral-free moisture output and are often very nearly as pure as a warm mist humidifier.

Myth: If You Have Dust Mite Allergies, You Need to Immediately Buy a Humidifier

Anyone who has a dust mite issue should not immediately buy a humidifier. Instead, they should seek out dust mite covers for their bedding, which is where dust mites tend to congregate. This will prevent them from spreading.

A dust mite problem can only get worse if not taken care of immediately. Once you’ve covered the problem area with a dust mite cover, it is time to kill the dust mites. You’ll need to wash your bedding (pillowcases and mattress pads included) at a temperature higher than over 130 degrees and dry it in a hot dryer. This should kill all the dust mites that are living in your warm, moist bed.

By controlling the humidity in your home, you can prevent dust mites. These tiny creatures enjoy high humidity and by installing a dehumidifier into your bedroom, you’ll be able to control the humidity in your room. Aim for a humidity of less than 50 percent to avoid a dust mite problem.

Myth: You Never Have to Clean Your Humidifier

No matter what type of humidifier you use, it is extremely important to keep it clean. When mineral deposits or gunk form in a humidifier, it becomes an ideal place for bacteria and germs to breed. The bacteria also have a high possibility of being released into the air through the humidifier.

In cool mist humidifiers, you need to replace the wick filter and ensure you clean the water tanks with vinegar. With warm mist humidifiers, there is a higher chance of mineral deposits being left behind in the humidifier but these can also be removed by using vinegar. Always make sure to also read the user manual and follow its specific maintenance and cleaning instructions, especially if your humidifier is still under warranty.

If you don’t clean your humidifier, you can cause some serious health issues. If you have allergies or an existing asthma condition, regularly inhaling mineral content that is in tap water can aggravate your symptoms or cause a full-on attack. You could also get a more serious condition called “humidifier lung.” This lung condition develops when you inhale vapors contaminated with certain strains of bacteria and causes fever, chills, shortness of breath, body aches, lung inflammation and general malaise.

Myth: Humidifiers Are Unhealthy for Newborn Babies

Adding a humidifier to a newborn baby’s room is actually one of the best things you can do for your child. Unlike adults, babies’ immune systems are not as strong and they struggle to fight bacteria and viruses in the air. Their skin is also more sensitive and their respiratory systems are easily affected by the temperature and humidity of a room.

To accommodate the sensitivity of a child’s body as a whole, adding a humidifier to your home or your newborn’s room makes a huge difference. With numerous benefits such as protecting your child’s skin, soothing symptoms of colds and flues, and preventing asthma, newborn babies will only benefit by the use of this appliance.

A humidifier helps keep the air of your baby’s room clean and germ-free. The moisture in the air also keeps the baby’s room warm without the turning up the heat and helps the baby sleep better and breathe easier.

Myth: Warm Mist Humidifier Can Not Burn You

When it comes to warm mist humidifiers, safety is of the utmost importance. The danger of this humidifier lies in the use of a heating element to raise the temperature of the water in the tank to boiling point. This in turn makes a warm mist humidifier a potential danger to anyone that uses it as it may burn your skin. Warm mist humidifiers aren’t advised for homes with children and pets as they may present a very real safety risk.

Myth: Humidifiers Get Rid Of Wrinkles

A humidifier does wonders for your skin, but unfortunately, it cannot get rid of wrinkles. What a humidifier can do is help prevent wrinkles. Prevention is better than curing so making sure that wrinkles do not show up in the first place is the best way to deal with them. The air dries out your skin and the dryer your skin is the more prominent your wrinkles become. A humidifier helps fill the room with nourishing, moisturizing steam that can smooth out your skin and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

 

Myth: Humidifiers Clear the Air Of Tobacco Smoke

A humidifier can only remove the particles floating about in the air left behind when people have been smoking. It cannot get rid of tobacco smoke but rather the odors that they cause. If you are a smoker, it is useful to get a humidifier as it will help purify the air and allow you to breathe easier. However, it is unreasonable to expect a humidifier to remove actual smoke from the environment.

Myth: Humidifiers Kill Harmful Airborne Bacteria

Having a humidifier in your home could mean the difference between getting the flu and remaining healthy. As the humidifier adds moisture into the air, it automatically stops airborne bacteria and germs from moving throughout your home. It, however, does not kill airborne bacteria. The moisture in the air has the ability to make airborne bacteria too heavy to float around. Once moisture is added, viruses and bacteria end up dropping down to the floor, which, in effect, helps prevent the spread of illnesses and infections.

This theory has been scientifically proven in many studies which have shown that by raising the indoor humidity in your home or office to at least 43 percent it will make approximately 85 percent of airborne bacteria and viruses that cause infection ineffective. This technique of preventing illness will soon be used in hospitals to prevent visitors, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff from catching any airborne virus or bacteria.

Myth: Humidifiers Kill Your Indoor Plants

It is true that if the humidity is too high or incorrect inside your home, the tips of indoor plant leaves will start turning brown and the plant can potentially die completely. However, since many species of indoor plants originally come from tropical climates with high humidity, it is not particularly easy for the dry air inside your home to cause them to dehydrate and die. By adding a humidifier to your home and regulating the humidity level properly, you can actually be sure that plants get the moisture they need from the air to re-hydrate and thrive.

Myth: The Moist Air That a Humidifier Produces Damages Your Wood Furniture

Whether you have wood flooring and furnishing in your home or not, getting a humidifier will only help it look and feel its best. If there is too much moisture or dryness in the air, it can cause various problems to your wood furnishings. Too much moisture will lead to mildew while too little moisture causes dryness. Dryness in furniture can cause it to lose its natural luster and can weaken joints. By maintaining a consistent temperature in your home using a humidifier, you can help find the perfect balance for your furniture to remain preserved and beautiful all year round.


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Health Benefits of Humidifiers

March 23, 2016 • By

492453324_XSHealth Benefits of Humidifiers

During the cold winter months, the air in your home becomes dry. Turning the heat up only makes this issue worse. Dry air can cause various health issues, such as irritated nasal passages and breakouts on your skin. Various infections and bacteria also thrive in dry conditions. Without adding moisture into the air in your home, you and your family are, thus, more prone to illnesses. And, once you are sick, recovering in dry air conditions can be a nightmare.

What solution is there to these issues? Getting a humidifier, of course!

By emitting water vapor or steam into the air to increase the moisture levels in the room to the right humidity level – between 30 and 50 percent – your home can become a healthy one regardless of the weather outside. From helping ease symptoms of a cold or flu to helping you sleep better and avoiding dry skin, a humidifier has numerous benefits.

Here are a few of the health benefits that a humidifier can bring you and your family:

Reduce the Risk of Infection

Having a humidifier in your home could mean the difference between getting the flu and remaining healthy. By adding moisture into the air with a humidifier, you can filter out viruses and bacteria as well as prevent them from spreading. Moisture has the ability to prevent the movement of germs as they combine with it – making them too heavy to float around in the air. Once moisture is added, viruses and bacteria instantly stop and drop which, in effect, helps prevent the spread of illnesses and infections.

Studies have shown that by raising the indoor humidity in your home or office to a level of at least 43 percent, you can make approximately 85 percent of airborne bacteria and viruses that cause infection ineffective. Another way a humidifier reduces the risk of infection is by allowing the tiny hairs in your nose to move more freely which allows your body to filter out any bacteria or viruses that are still in the air.

Soft & Vibrant Skin

If your skin is dry, cracked and chipped, adding moisture into the cold, dry air of your bedroom can add life back into it.

Dry air extracts the moisture from your skin which causes all kinds of problems including dryness, dullness, flaking and accelerated ageing (wrinkles). Blasting the heat throughout your home during the winter months also dries out the air and can leave your skin feeling tight and itchy. During these cold months you might also get chapped lips, which can be extremely painful.

However, by sleeping with your humidifier on at night, you can help prevent all of the above effects. By adding a humidifier to your home, you can prevent all of these damaging effects and leave yourself with soft, vibrant skin.

If you suffer from horrible breakouts on your skin, this could also be caused by dry air. When the air dries out the sensitive skin on your face, your oil production kicks up and may cause blemishes. Keeping the correct humidity levels in your home helps to prevent acne. Combine the use of the humidifier with applying moisturizer specific to your skin type to keep your skin looking amazing and breakout-free.

Faster Healing

If you are unfortunately sick already, a humidifier can be a valuable addition to your home. Whether you have a cold, sinus infection or the flu, a humidifier can soothe the discomfort and suffering caused by these illnesses. When the air is too dry, your sinuses don’t drain and function correctly – leaving you feeling blocked up and in pain. Some EMTs say that using a humidifier and adding moisture into the air is generally good for your sinus health and soothes irritation of nasal passages, the throat and your bronchial tubes It also helps you breathe when you have a chest, nose or throat infection.

By keeping your nasal passages and your throat moist, a humidifier will help you heal faster. It reduces the symptoms of illness such as coughing and sneezing. Humidifiers also soothe allergies by purifying the air to get rid of anything that might irritate your nose, eyes or skin.

Preserves Your Voice

Waking up with a cracking voice in the morning means that dry air is getting to your vocal cords. Keeping your vocal cords supple and well lubricated allows them to vibrate and produce the best sound. The best lubrication for your vocal chords is by drinking plenty of water but at night that could lead to various toilet breaks and a “drink some water” alarm clock going off too.

By keeping the air moist in your room, especially while you sleep, you can rehydrate your vocal chords. Hydrated vocal chords not only aid in getting your voice back but they also help to maintain your voice. In the long run, dry vocal chords can cause serious voice problems and even cause you to lose your voice for long periods of time, especially if you are a singer. Preventing the uncomfortable “morning voice” is as easy as sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom overnight.

Improves Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important to your health. Sleep deprivation can lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and can even cause you to suffer a stroke. So, having to share a bed with someone who snores can be detrimental to your health. Forget trying to turn your partner on their side during the early hours of the morning or blocking their nose with a clothes peg, there is an easier way to get them to stop snoring, and it’s called a humidifier.

Snoring is caused by low moisture levels in your nose and soft palate so by adding moisture to a room with a humidifier, you can easily stop the snoring all together. By adding this moisture to a room, it helps fight off the dryness that leads to snoring. This in turn will have you and your partner enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep.

Getting a humidifier can also help you sleep easy. By adding moisture to the air, it also makes a room feel warmer which can encourage a good night’s sleep. If you have a baby or toddler in your home, setting up a humidifier in their room will help them sleep and feel better too. Babies are more comfortable and sleep better in a humidified environment.

Prevents Nose Bleeds

Dry nasal passages lead to nosebleeds. If anyone in your family suffers from regular nosebleeds, especially in winter, it would be beneficial to you to get a humidifier. This amazing appliance adds moisture to the air that lubricates the nasal passages and prevents nosebleeds. Those who suffer from this unpredictable occurrence have found that owning a humidifier makes an outrageous difference in preventing nosebleeds.

Keeping Your Humidifier Clean To Stay Healthy

Even though a humidifier can be extremely beneficial to your health, if not cleaned and maintained, it can have the opposite effect. Be cautious as even though this amazing appliance is useful, it can also make you get sick if it is not maintained properly or if the humidity levels remain too high.

Prone to growing mildew and mold if it is not cleaned or maintained, a humidifier that is not kept in spotless condition can quickly become detrimental to your health. These health issues include causing asthma attacks, agitating allergies and causing an illness called humidifier lung that causes lung inflammation.

Here are three tips to help you maintain your humidifier and keep it clean:

  • By using distilled or demineralized water, you can save yourself a lot of work. Regular tap water has minerals that create buildup in your machine. These buildups promote bacterial growth which can be released into the air through the humidifier. Distilled and demineralized water contain fewer minerals and will save you from having to clean your appliance as often.
  • Clean your humidifier once a week as it will be easier to clean. Putting this weekly task off can lead to a bacteria and mold buildup which can cause serious health issues.
  • It is also important to change filters regularly. If your humidifier has a filter, follow the manufacturer’s directions for changing it.

Make your home healthier

Whether you’re suffering from allergies or dry skin, having a humidifier in your home is an essential part of looking and feeling better. This appliance is a real lifesaver for anyone prone to getting sick, especially for parents who have babies or toddlers. By illuminating the bacteria and viruses that cause infection, you and your family will have less risk of getting sick. If you are sick already, this incredible appliance will soothe all your aches and pains. Plus your skin will be looking and feeling radiant and breakout-free.

Getting a healthier home is as easy as adding a humidifier to it. It is the most cost effective, long-term solution to ensure that you and your family are healthy. Avoid the winter sickness blues, dry skin and nose bleeds and buy yourself a humidifier to keep your health in tip top shape.

 


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Keeping Your Children Happy With a Humidifier

March 23, 2016 • By

Keeping Your Children Happy With a Humidifier

As an expectant parent or a parent of young children, it is important to take every precaution to keep your child happy, healthy and safe. Most new parents go to extreme measures to do so when setting up the baby’s nursery, child proofing their home and even making sure to get the best car seat. These parents usually get it all right and have a happy and safe baby or toddler. But what about the air their child is breathing in and being surrounded by?

As adults, our bodies are stronger than babies’ when it comes to fighting bacteria and viruses in the air. Children are more susceptible to picking up a germ from it. Our skin is also less sensitive and our respiratory system does not change according to the room temperature.

During the winter months, the central heating in many homes is usually turned on. This leads to the indoor humidity dropping to less than 10 percent and making the air very dry. This encourages viruses to grow and these can cause colds as well as other infections. Treating these types of infections can be difficult as over-the-counter products are usually too strong for children’s systems.

Short of strapping your kids to an iron lung, you need a viable solution. To accommodate the sensitivity of a child’s body as a whole, adding a humidifier to your home or your child’s room makes all the difference. With numerous benefits such as protecting your child’s skin, soothing their flu symptoms and preventing asthma, many doctors recommend humidifiers to parents with young children or newborn babies. Here are a few more reasons why this amazing type of device is perfect for your baby’s health:

 

It reduces the Risk of Illness

One of the reasons pediatricians recommend the use of this appliance for babies and young children is to prevent them from getting sick. When the air inside your home gets dry, it can cause health issues for a child. These include colds, flu and bloody noses. Humidity allows tiny hairs in the nose to move and thereby filter out bacteria and viruses which cause colds and flu. Adding moisture to your home also allows those tiny hairs to do their job and keeps your little one healthy.

A humidifier filters out harmful airborne organisms and can prevent colds and flu. By raising the humidity in a room, a humidifier has the ability to stop these airborne organisms from spreading. It does this when moisture is added to the air and this is considered to be one of the main benefits of using a humidifier.

 

Soothe Colds and Flu Symptoms

If your baby is already suffering from colds and flu, the moistened air that this appliance provides can soothe the symptoms. When the air is too dry, your baby’s sinuses cannot drain and function correctly which leaves them feeling blocked up and in pain. EMTs promote using humidifiers to add moisture to the air as this soothes the following ailments:

  • irritated nasal passages
  • congestion
  • sinusitis
  • irritated bronchial tubes
  • irritated throat
  • helps you breathe when you have a chest, nose and throat infection
  • helps you to sleep easier

Another irritation that a humidifier soothes is the onset of allergies. Children who have irritated eyes and noses from allergies will highly benefit from having a humidifier. By purifying the air, this appliance gets rid of anything that might cause irritation.

 

Protect Skin

For babies and young children, skin protection is one of the most important benefits of a humidifier. Dry air can remove the moisture from your baby’s skin – causing dryness and flaking, especially on the lips and hands. Having the heat on throughout the house during winter dries out the air, but having a humidifier in various rooms in your house – including your baby’s nursery – can balance the humidity of the air and add the much needed moisture that is ideal for them. For the best results, always put the humidifier on when you put your baby down to sleep.

 

Preserve Your Baby’s Voice

Your bundle of joy’s vocal cords are very sensitive and need to be supple and well-lubricated to vibrate and produce the best sounds. By introducing moisture into the air with a humidifier, dehydration can be prevented which affects your baby’s voice. The vocal chords and throat area are also a popular place for viruses to grow and by using a humidifier you lower the risk of infection. Therefore, you preserve your baby’s voice. By keeping the air moist in the baby’s room, especially while it sleeps, you can re-hydrate your little one’s vocal chords.

 

Provide Warmth to Baby

Without turning up the heat that essentially dries out the air, a humidifier also makes the room feel warmer. For this reason, your baby won’t feel cold. By adding more moisture into the air with the appliance, you can automatically make your baby feel warmer. An example of how air moisture makes a room warmer is if the temperature of the air is 70 degrees and the room has 10 percent humidity, the room will feel like it is 67 degrees. If you turn up the humidity to 50 percent then the air will feel like it is 69 degrees.

 

Prevent Asthma

Babies are prone to allergies, especially in the winter. However, by increasing the humidity within your household or in the baby’s bedroom, you can ease its breathing as well as your own. This is extremely soothing for babies who have allergies or asthma. However, you should make sure that you clean the humidifier on a regular basis to avoid increasing the growth of allergens that often trigger allergy symptoms.

 

Clean Air

Now that you know that babies are highly likely to suffer from chronic allergies and asthma due to irritants in the air, it would be useful to keep the air around them as clean as possible. A young child’s immune system is not as strong as a full grown adult – making them more susceptible to getting sick. With the help of a humidifier, irritants and pollutants in the air like smoke, pollen, dust and pet dander can be properly eliminated or, at least, significantly reduced.

Many parents believe that their baby is safe inside their house away from the nasty polluted and pollen infested air, but this is not true. According to several studies, the air inside your home is two to five times more harmful than the air outside – it is ground zero for contaminants because they cannot be blown away as they can outside. Therefore, it is of even more importance to have a humidifier inside your home and around your baby.

 

Breathe Easily

Providing moisture to the air in your baby’s room is one way to make sure your child is more comfortable, especially if you can tell that he or she is fighting a cold. The moisture provided by a humidifier can help in loosening congestion. During the times of sickness, the heated air in our homes, especially during winter, can make your baby’s nose burn. This often leads to endless crying until the issue is resolve by putting on the humidifier.

 

A Comfortable Baby Sleeps Better

Many first-time parents think a humidifier in the nursery is only necessary if the baby has a cold.  This however is not true as this appliance helps your bundle of joy sleep better whether it is sick or not. During winter, the air inside your home can become uncomfortably dry because there is less humidity in the outside atmosphere. The heat from your central heating system pulls all the moisture from the air inside your home making it very uncomfortable both you and your baby. The lack of moisture makes the baby’s skin itchy, chaps its lips and dries out it nasal passages as well as causes a lot of stuffiness. Because of all these factors, both adults and babies find it very difficult to sleep.

As an adult, you can easily do something about this like have a glass of water, put on some Chap-stick or turn on a fan. Unfortunately for a baby, there is no way of doing any of that so it is stuck tossing and turning throughout the night. Adding a humidifier to a baby’s room gets rid of this problem entirely by adding moisture to the air which soothes dry itchy skin, cools the room completely and re-hydrates the baby.

There is also a theory that the noise the humidifier makes lulls the baby to sleep. So, if your baby seems to be fussy or congested all the time but there’s no sign of illness, try placing a humidifier in the room.

 

The Importance of Keeping Your Humidifier Clean

Now that you know all the benefits of having a humidifier in your baby’s nursery, you need to know that they are useless if you don’t keep it clean and free from mold. By replacing the filter, and constantly refilling it with fresh, mineral-filled water, you are already improving the air in your child’s room.

 

What Type Of Humidifier Should You Use in the Nursery?

Cold Mist Humidifiers

Cold mist humidifiers pressurize water – breaking it down into small particles and forcing it out into the air.  The water in this appliance is never heated and there’s some concern that you may just be rotating germs back into the air in the nursery. However, there are several different types of cool mist humidifiers available and some use ultrasonic sound to break up water particles while others use chemicals.

Even though these ones are a little noisier, they are the preferred humidifier for children since the vapor won’t burn the skin when touched.

 

Warm Mist Humidifiers

Warm mist humidifiers, also known as “vaporizers” use heat to convert the water into steam for dispersal throughout the room.  Because it uses heat, germs and viruses are eliminated during the process. Please be sure to be careful and keep this appliance out of the reach of children for obvious safety reasons. A warm mist humidifier may cost a little more than a cool mist one, but it will definitely be a better option for dealing with germs.

 

Filter or Non-filter

Many modern humidifiers have filters available that help to ensure that the water vapor coming out of the appliance is clean and germ-free. Once you start using your humidifier, the filters need to be changed on a regular basis depending on how much you use. Filters need to be changed anywhere from twice a week to once a month which can add significant cost.  Some humidifiers have replaceable filters that you can remove, wash and re-install which may add to the initial cost, but save you money in the long run.

 

Best Humidifiers for Children

There are many humidifiers that come in various beautiful designs and colors made especially for children. You can find a duck, frog or even a penguin humidifier. Some of the cutest and most reliable options out there are the following:

 

Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

With a very cool, childlike design, this humidifier has the following benefits:

  • Clean Control Antimicrobial Material which is proven to help reduce mold and bacteria growth up to 99.96%
  • Removable one gallon tank that easily fits under most bathroom sinks
  • Does not require a filter to run
  • One gallon water tank runs quietly for up to 24 hours
  • Puts out up to 2.1 gallons of moisture per day, and effectively humidifies rooms up to 250 square feet

Auto shutoff safety sensor

This humidifier comes in various animal shapes including a dog, Hello Kitty, a dragon, a pig, a monkey, a cow, an elephant and a unicorn, to name a few.

 

SPT Polar Bear Ultrasonic Humidifier

With an adorable polar bear design, this ultrasonic, cool mist humidifier has the following features:

  • Cool mist with ultrasonic technology
  • High humidity output
  • Adjustable mist intensity
  • 2-liters tank capacity
  • Designed for rooms up to 450 sq. ft.

This adorable humidifier also comes in penguin and pig design.

Whether you’re looking to relieve your baby from the stuffiness that night time brings or just add some moisture back to its skin, adding a humidifier to your baby’s nursery has endless health benefits. If you don’t have one already, make sure to get one for the sake of your baby health and your own.

 


For Your Bedroom

7 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Bedroom Dehumidifier

March 23, 2016 • By

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A dehumidifier is a powerful tool that can make your living space much healthier during both the summer and winter months – giving you the kind of weather adaptability you need to face the changing seasons. By extracting the air with high moisture levels from the surrounding area using a fan, a dehumidifier removes the moisture from the air and lowers its temperature. This, in turn, makes your bedroom less humid, more comfortable to live in and allows for a peaceful night’s rest.

A dehumidifier can become an essential appliance in your bedroom and to your home with its numerous benefits for your health. These benefits include the following:

  • It reduces humidity levels, making your home less hospitable to allergens such as dust mites, mold and mildew.
  • It is not disruptive to your daily life as it runs quietly and efficiently allowing for the avoidance of sleep deprivation.
  • It reduces odors that can accompany mold and mildew in your bedroom.
  • It reduces the possibility of mold developing on your clothing, furniture, curtains, bed sheets and other linens.
  • It reduces irritation to your skin and your respiratory system – allowing you to breathe easier and feel more comfortable, especially at night.
  • It allows clothing to dry faster.
  • It reduces dust in your bedroom.

There are plenty of great reasons to get yourself a dehumidifier; however, even though now might seem like the perfect time to buy one, you should take a moment to thoroughly consider the following:

 

What You Need It For

The full spectrum of  dehumidifiers are used for radically different things. You don’t want to be stuck with an industrial flood-recovery dehumidifier in your bedroom, but rather one that is small and works perfectly at relieving allergy symptoms or prevents mildew in a smaller space. Once you know what you’re going to use your dehumidifier for, you can make a more informative decision when purchasing one and avoid creating a space too dry for your needs.

 

Know Your Space

It’s important to choose the right size dehumidifier as the unit may not be able to remove enough moisture from the air if it is too small and could remove too much if it is too big. If you get a dehumidifier that is too small for a room, it will waste energy by working too hard and won’t have the longevity that you need. For best results, select the right sized unit based on the square footage of your bedroom.

Home dehumidifiers are rated by their pint capacities which need to be right for the size of your bedroom in which the dehumidifier will be used. Something to keep in mind is that units with a higher pint capacity are more efficient in both moisture removal and energy use.

 

Shop Around

Make sure you spend some time doing your research on different brands before making your final purchase. Think about what will work best for your particular needs as well as the size of your bedroom. Different brands offer different types of models with different features including design, capacity and draining method. All the different types are designed with the features necessary to resolve humidity issues in their designated spaces. Familiarizing yourself with the different types and their features will help you make an educated purchase. Taking the time to do this might also save you some money down the line.

 

What Is Your Bedroom Temperature & Humidity Level?

Both indoor temperature and humidity levels affect the performance of dehumidifiers. Using a dehumidifier in a low-temperature space like a garage or basement, you need to make sure that it will continue to operate efficiently in the cold climate. The coils in the unit may freeze up and it could become ineffective. If you need to dehumidify a space with extremely high humidity like a warm bedroom, then you’ll need a high-capacity unit that can handle large moisture loads.

 

Does It Have a Drain Hose Attachment?

All dehumidifiers collect the water that they remove from the air and you should consider how yours will eliminate this water. Standard dehumidifiers contain buckets that you must empty regularly and automatically shut off when the buckets are full. Most modern dehumidifiers come equipped with drain hose attachments which allow water to drain away without you having to empty buckets. This feature is especially important if you want to use your dehumidifier throughout the night in your bedroom. When purchasing your dehumidifier, for your convenience, make sure it includes a drain hose attachment.

 

Special Features

Different dehumidifiers come with various special features, so if you are looking to have the coolest dehumidifier on the block, (aside from possibly needing to get out more) you should definitely determine which functions will be indispensable for you. It is important to ask yourself what features you need, and how it would benefit your dehumidifier usage. By knowing what special features some dehumidifiers have, you can find one that suits your bedroom environment better. Here are some important features to be aware of:

  • Ducting: Many dehumidifiers allow for ducting so that you can dehumidify multiple spaces at the same time. Ducting also lets you hide the dehumidifier in a closet or a separate room.
  • Caster wheels or handles: Both of these features allow for easy mobility throughout your bedroom.
  • Humidistats: A humidistat is an electronic device which responds to relative humidity instead of temperature.
  • Controls: For your comfort, remote and digital controls are available to help control your appliance from your tablet, smartphone, or just remotely. With these controls, you can turn the appliance on and off as well as control various other settings without leaving your bed.
  • Integrated timers: If you only want your dehumidifier to remain on for half the day, but you won’t be able to turn it off, you can set the integrated timer so it automatically does so without you having to be there.

 

Where to Put It

The most important aspects of having a dehumidifier are where you place and install it. You can have the best machine on the market, but it will still be less than useless if you decide to strap it to your bumper. Once you’ve purchased this appliance for your bedroom, you need to know exactly where to put it to get the best results. This simple, but important choice can make a huge difference in comfort and efficiency. For your bedroom, a single dehumidifier is most efficient when placed in the center of a large room with at least a six inch clearance from all sides. By shopping carefully for a dehumidifier and installing it with care, you can get the best results for your bedroom.

With so many health benefits, getting a dehumidifier for your home can save you a lot of money in medical bills and getting someone in to get rid of dust mites and mold. Remember to do your research and shop around to be sure you find the perfect unit that suits all your needs. The installation of this appliance can take your bedroom from being uncomfortable to being a comfortable place all year round.


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Cheap Humidifiers That Still Get The Job Done

March 8, 2016 • By

Cheap Humidifiers That Still Get The Job Done

Finding a product that is not only affordable, but gets the job done, can be hard. Going through countless online reviews and asking friends and family for their opinions is very helpful, but sometime you don’t have this option. With outer expenses to pay, the last thing you want to do is pay over $100 for a humidifier.

Whether you’re purchasing your humidifier to help with dry skin, clear up congestion or just to add moisture into your home, finding one at the right price can be extremely difficult. These useful appliances come in all shape, sizes and brands that can cost anything between $15 to $200. If you’re on a budget, finding a truly affordable humidifier that is efficient can be hard, so we decided to do all the handwork for you.

Here are some of the best humidifiers on the market, that are not only affordable, but also does exactly what a humidifier should do.

PureGuardian H920BL 10-Hour Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($19.99)

Costing under $20, this PureGuardian Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is the perfect desktop humidifier. Whether you use it on your desk or on your bedside table, this affordable humidifier is often overlooked because of its price. But if you’re looking for a humidifier that is small, quiet, has no bright lighting that will disrupt your sleep, and is easy to clean, then this PureGuardian humidifier is for you.

 

Fighting mold and mildew, this humidifier is best for those who want to purify the air in your office, bedroom or baby’s nursery. Because it is so small and quiet due to it ultrasonic technology, it is perfect to place in any small area. Dispersing fine mist it will add moisture into dry air and soothe a variety of healthy problems. It also has an optional night light which is not too bright and won’t keep you up at night.

 

When it comes to refilling this humidifier it is quick and simple. The appliance can run for 10 hours on high speed before it needs to filled up again. This means that there will be no problems running it through the night. The water tank has also been treated with Silver Clean protection to prevent mold growth on the surface of the water tank which is a common problem with other humidifiers. Because of this, there is no additional maintenance costs, and does not need evaporating filters, pads, and wicks.

 

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JZK – Mini Portable Night Light Air Humidifier and Purifier ($16.88)

One of the most affordable, yet reliable humidifier on the market is the  JZK – Mini Portable Night Light Air Humidifier and Purifier. Not only does this humidifier purify the air around you, but also uses essential oils to create a fragrant space that relieves stress. By diffusing the essential oil concocted water, the diffuser livens up your home with a fragrant mist leaving your skin looking revived and fresh. Mist can be released either continuously or every 30 seconds depending on the setting you prefer.

The  humidifier also comes in a collection of lighting options that is soothing and helps you to relax. These lighting options also makes it perfect for a baby’s nursery, bedroom and even hotel room when traveling. The lighting options are also ideal for a night light for younger children.

Because of its size, this humidifier is completely portable and is the perfect appliance for your office desk. It also has a versatile plug option with both AC/DC and USB cable which means it can be used in your car, office or home with ease.

This humidifier is also easy to use as it literally takes about 20 seconds to set up and start running. You can press the power button any time to turn the humidifier off while still keeping the attractive blue light on.

 

One of the most unbelievable add ons to this product is its lifetime guarantee. At this affordable price of under $20, you not only get the appliance, but also a guarantee of if anything ever goes wrong with your humidifier, a free one will be immediately shipped to you. This is a no questions asked policy that removes all risk throughout your life. Now that is truly value for money.

 

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TaoTronics Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Humidifier ($25.99)

 

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Creating a fragrant environment for you to live and work in, the TaoTronics Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Humidifier is beautifully designed to placed in any area of your home or office. Dispensing a cool mist infused with essential oils throughout your environment, the humidifier leaves you feeling relaxed and lifting your mood. With a lighting option to accompany the mist, you can create a mood that is both appealing to the eye and nose.

 

With two push buttons on the side of the humidifier, using this appliance is easy.  The first button the right controls the ultrasonic mist that is released from the humidifier. The mist is released almost in complete silence which allows for a night of peaceful sleep. The button on the left controls the lighting feature. With a complete fill up, the humidifier can hold water that will last for four hours running on a continuous mode. If you put the humidifier on to the 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off mode, it can last for 8 hours in total.

 

Over all, this humidifier is perfect for someone who is looking for an appliance in the upper end of the low budget humidifiers. Still only under  $30, this humidifier is excellent value for money, and is made by a well known humidifier brand.

 

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BATTOP Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier ($21.99)

Another humidifier that is under $25 is the BATTOP Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier. Built with LED lights that come in seven different colours, this humidifier has a lighting option for every room in your home. Perfect for small to medium sized rooms like a bedroom, dining,bathroom or office space, this humidifier constantly adds moisture to the air keeping you skin moist and helping with symptoms of cold and flus.

The humidifier has three settings toggled by the mist button – green, red and off. The green setting means that mist is dispersed intermittently for 30 seconds on and then 30 seconds off. Red means that the mist is being released continuously. When the humidifier is off, you can still use it as a light.

Unlike the other cheap humidifiers, this one has an auto shut off feature that turns the appliance off when it runs out of water. It also helps to keep the essential oils 100% natural without burning or heating it. The oils are not included in the price, but can be bought separately.

The package comes with the humidifier itself, a wall charger, measuring cup for refilling the water tank and a user manual. Additionally, you’ll also get a 90 days Money back guarantee and an 18 months warranty.

Now that you have these four options to choose from, go and take another look at your budget and pick the one that best suits your needs. Having a humidifier in your home is essential, so finding one that suits your budget is truly beneficial. Both cheap and reliable, these humidifiers may be small, but all do the job that are meant to do by adding moisture into the air around you. Say goodbye to colds and flus as you breathe in some of the freshest air that didn’t break your bank account.

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PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier

March 8, 2016 • By

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PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier

I got kind of fed up with my old humidifier because I kept having to replace the filter every month or so, and so I was looking for a humidifier that wouldn’t require me to do this. I only need a humidifier for a small area since I just use it in my office when I work from home.

Shopping around online is an arduous task but fortunately, eventually I came across the PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier. This is a contemporary humidifier that looks great in any room. It is small, easy to carry around, and offers premium features that will increase the comfort of the air in your home.

The Basics

I really love the way the PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier looks. It has a unique design that I’ve never seen before, and my friends when they pop over always comment on how neat it looks. It’s also very compact which makes it easy to carry around – another bonus I was looking for.

But beyond the way it looks, this is a very able little humidifier. It emits up to 1.75 gallons of moisture a day and can fill a room of up to 300 square feet with humid air. This humidifier comes with a hygrometer and so you simply have to decide upon your preferred level of humidity on the LCD screen and the PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier will do the rest for you.

I would say this humidifier is really perfect for a bedroom or small office as it is very quiet to run. As mentioned, I love the fact you don’t need a filter with this humidifier since that was a pain for me before. PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier has a permanent ceramic filter that softens and cleans the water before it is emitted.

It comes with a timer, a nightlight (which means it’s also great for children’s bedrooms – as does the very funky design) and an auto shut off feature, so you do not have to worry about the unit getting burnt or damaged when it runs out of water.

Once a month you will have to empty the tank and wipe it down, but it shouldn’t take long and that’s really the only maintenance this unit needs.

The Verdict

For its size I found the PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier packs quite a punch and I’ve noticed a discernible difference in the quality of the air in my office. This unit is not meant to be on the floor, so I keep it up on my desk and since it looks great there’s really no issue with that. I love the translucent orb shape of the unit and the bright LCD panel, it makes this excellent humidifier look like something from the future.

For anyone, like me, that doesn’t like cleaning and maintaining their humidifier, the PPowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier will be one of your favorite purchases of the year. All the benefits of a great humidifier without any of the annoyances.