To use a humidifier, fill the tank with distilled water. Plug the humidifier in, and adjust the settings on the machine to match the desired output of vapor.Continue Reading
Cool mist humidifiers can be placed on any surface, but because warm mist humidifiers dispense hot steam, they must be placed out of the reach of children.
To minimize the possibility of minerals or dust buildup in the air, always use distilled water in a humidifier. Fill the tank to the indicated maximum fill line. Do not overfill a humidifier. Refill as necessary to keep the humidifier running. If the tank gets too low, it automatically shuts off.
Once the humidifier is in place and filled with water, adjust the settings to get the desired mist output. Some humidifiers also allow you to direct the mist, so make sure the output is not pointed at something that can be damaged by water, such as furniture or a wall.
Some humidifiers have filters that should be changed once a buildup of dust or minerals develops. For filter-free machines, simply clean the tank and surrounding areas frequently with hot, soapy water.
The solenoid valve of a humidifier is found in the water supply line and is the component that controls the flow of water to the main body of the humidifier. "Solenoid" is a generic term for a device or component that uses energy to create linear motion.Full Answer >
Simmering a pot of water on the stove adds humidity to the air without a humidifier. Set the temperature to low to heat the water. Add more water, and adjust the setting as necessary to prevent the pot from boiling dry. Line drying laundry inside the house also increases humidity.Full Answer >
Clean a warm-mist humidifier by disassembling the unit, cleaning the water storage tank, wiping the steam chamber and disinfecting the unit. Cleaning ensures the device continues to function properly. Clean warm-mist humidifiers weekly when in use.Full Answer >
Using a humidifier, boiling water, adding water sources and hanging clothes to dry are some ways to increase a room's humidity. Humidifiers range in size and capability. Some are made for distributing moisture throughout an entire house, while others are made just for one room. Humidity increases inside a room whenever water evaporates. Low humidity environments include desert areas and artificially-heated rooms. Low humidity can affect a person's health and some objects in the environment, such as wooden furniture.Full Answer >