Your humidifier can keep the level of moisture in the air in your Grand Traverse County home at a comfortable level, but mineral deposits can build up in your device if it’s not regularly maintained. Cleaning home humidifiers is an important step to take when you want to ensure efficiency and a longer appliance lifespan. Here are some tips for keeping up with your humidifier’s mineral deposits:
Preventing Mineral Buildup
Dry weather is common during Michigan winters and can increase your chances of contracting colds and having dry skin and cracked lips. A humidifier’s steady, light mist is designed to provide the moisture you need in your home without making things too wet. However, the tap water you use in your humidifier may contain minerals that can build up in your device. Regular maintenance can help keep this problem from occurring.
To clean your humidifier, turn it off and drain the base. Be sure to rinse the base thoroughly to remove sediment, and pour a cup of vinegar into the humidifier. Letting the vinegar sit for at least 20 minutes will allow it to clean stuck-on sediment. Next, drain the base, use a soft brush and rinse it out before refilling.
Removing Mineral Buildup
The task of cleaning home humidifiers gets more difficult if there’s already a mineral buildup established, but it’s possible to remove this layer for a more functional device. Removing this buildup typically involves using vinegar more than once and coupling the natural cleaner with some elbow grease. Follow the steps outlined above, but use a dish rag to swirl the vinegar around as it goes to work. Then, drain and rinse the base before refilling it with more vinegar, letting it sit for another 20 minutes.
Cleaning home humidifiers can help improve indoor air quality. To take your quest for better indoor air quality a step further, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing in Traverse City to schedule an appointment.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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