How to Prevent Mineral Buildup in Your Humidifier

How to Prevent Mineral Buildup in Your Humidifier

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Ann Arbor Residents - How to Prevent Mineral Buildup in Your Humidifier

Indoor air that’s too dry or lacks moisture can result in a whole host of problems, not only in terms of your health but your home.  Many Southeast Michigan homeowners use humidifiers to achieve the right humidity level, which helps prevent sore throats, respiratory problems, static electricity, and other problems.  As with other equipment used in your home, proper maintenance is key to proper functioning.

When lime scale or calcium build up in your humidifier, it will prevent it from functioning properly.  Thankfully there are various things you can do to help avoid the buildup of minerals in your humidifier.

Tips for preventing mineral building in your humidifier

  • Use distilled water and avoid tap water. Distilled water that’s treated to destroy impurities is recommended for filling your humidifier, as regular tap water is loaded with impurities and minerals that can result in buildup.
  • Clean your humidifier frequently. Regular cleaning will help ensure your unit stays clean and help avoid mineral buildup.
  • After each use, empty the water reservoir. Most people know that standing water can stagnate, and that moisture is a great breeding ground for mold and mildew. To ensure mold doesn’t migrate to other areas of your humidifier and avoid buildup, empty the water after use.

What about mineral build up that already exists?

If you are noticing signs of mineral buildup in your humidifier, undiluted white vinegar, and a scrubbing brush or toothbrush are highly effective for dissolving lime and calcium deposits after you have disassembled your unit.

If the buildup is substantial and you have more serious calcium or lime deposits, use white vinegar to thoroughly soak the area for a few hours or even overnight depending on how tough the deposits appear to be.  After time has elapsed, rinse with distilled water and use a clean cloth to wipe away residue.

Need other ideas on how to avoid calcium and lime deposits or mineral buildup in your humidifier?  Contact the experts at Haley Mechanical, proudly serving residents in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas in SE Michigan.