The humidifier you use in your home may be an invaluable appliance that can help keep your home environment and yourself healthy.
Having the correct humidity level in your home can significantly impact your overall health and well-being but also may help your comfort level relieving dry skin and reducing static electricity. You may also find that your real wood furniture and flooring benefit from proper humidity as well.
So, how do you keep this appliance in tip-top condition and ensure that the moisture vapor is as pure and sanitary as possible? You need to keep it clean and replace the filter or wick regularly.
Let’s look at some variables that can help you determine how often you should clean or replace your humidifier’s filter.
What type of humidifier do you have?
Is the humidifier a whole -home installed unit or a portable humidifier?
A whole-home humidifier will have a filter or water panel that will require maintenance, but it may not need to be changed as often as a smaller unit. You should change these types of filters at least once a season to help reduce the possibilities of mold and bacteria growth.
You may also want to change this type of filter or water panel before you begin using the unit each year as they may buildup molds and mildew when the humidifier is not in use.
Do you have an ultrasonic or evaporative type of portable humidifier? Some people choose to go with an ultrasonic humidifier, so they won’t need to fuss with filters but beware some ultrasonic units have filters.
A warm-mist humidifier uses hot steam for the vapor, and this reduces the chance of mold and bacteria growth, but these may not be the safest choice for homes with children.
Identify the type of humidifier you have and reference the user’s manual for filter information and a guide to changing the filter. This may help you gauge how often you should replace or clean the filter.
What type of filter does your humidifier use?
Does your unit have a paper type of filter or is it a stone filter? This can be determined with an examination of the filter itself or a quick reference of the manual.
A paper filter will need to be replaced whereas a stone filter may be cleaned. You may want to investigate the type of filter before purchase to help reduce maintenance costs over time.
The cost of replacement filters varies as does the price of humidifiers so, you may want to research the filter type and replacement cost before you purchase your humidifier.
How often is the humidifier being used?
If you are not using your humidifier year-round or every day you will not need to change your filter as often. It is recommended that you remove your filter from your humidifier when the unit is not in use and this may be a good time to replace a used filter.
You will need to change your filter more often if your humidifier is in continuous use over the year, and for a portable unit, this should be at least once every three months. You may need to change the filter as often as once a month if you have hard water that can cause excessive buildup.
So, how often should you change your humidifier filter?
As you can see variables may ultimately affect the number of times you need to change the humidifier filter. Making yourself familiar with your humidifier and its filer can help you gauge how long between changes.
Remember most people use a humidifier in their bedroom while they sleep so keeping this air quality as pure as possible may help prevent problems.
A good rule of thumb is to change a whole-home unit humidifier filter at least once a season and at the first use of the humidifier each season. For the best air quality, every three months is optimal.
For the smaller portable units, you should change the filter at least every other month to help keep the air quality at its best and to help extend the longevity of the humidifier as well. If you know that you have hard water, you may need to change the filter as often as every month.
If the maintenance cost of filter replacement is more than you can budget on a monthly basis you may want to further investigate a filter-less ultrasonic unit. This type of unit may cost you more in the initial purchase price, but you will not have filter replacement costs to worry about.
No matter the type of humidifier you use you should always strive to keep the unit as clean as possible and replace any contaminated filters. Don’t store your humidifier with water or a filter in it and always clean the unit before the initial uses each season.
The cleanliness of your humidifier will directly affect the quality of the air your breathing and you should keep that in mind when you are trying to decide if your humidifier filter needs changing today or not.