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Prevent Buildup in a Humidifier

Prevent Buildup in a HumidifierEven in Orlando’s relatively humid climate, dry indoor air can still be an issue for many homeowners. Not only can a relative lack of humidity lead to dry, itchy skin and sinus irritation, but prolonged dryness can also cause cracks in paint and wooden furniture. It can even increase the amount of static electricity generated in your home.

Humidifiers can help reduce the symptoms and restore indoor comfort, but only if they’re kept in good shape. A buildup of calcium, lime scale and other minerals can prevent your humidifier from working as intended. It’s important to prevent mineral buildup if you want your humidifier to tackle your home’s dry air.

Here are a few essential tips to follow when it comes to preventing mineral buildup in your humidifier:

  • Always clean your humidifier on a regular basis. This simple preventive step can save you a lot of trouble when it comes to your humidifier. Regular cleaning can help prevent mineral deposits from forming and stop buildup in its tracks.
  • Never use tap water in your humidifier. Tap water is often chock full of minerals, metals and other impurities that could do a serious number on your humidifier. Instead, you should always use distilled water, since it’s processed specifically to eliminate impurities.
  • Always empty the humidifier after each use. Allowing previously used water to stagnate inside of the reservoir could lead to mineral buildup, as well as mold and mildew growth. After you finish using your humidifier, you should always empty and wipe down the reservoir with a clean cloth.
  • Use undiluted white vinegar to dissolve mineral buildup. White vinegar is an effective and natural way of removing buildup. Simply add one to two cups of vinegar to your humidifier’s water reservoir, and distilled water and allow the unit to run in a well-ventilated area for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, empty the mixture, rinse the tank and run the unit for several minutes with distilled water to remove any residue.

Learn more ways you can prevent mineral buildup by contacting Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions in Orlando today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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