Need a little moisture in your home’s air, but tired of maintaining your humidifier? It is about time we introduced you to the self cleaning humidifier as an option for your home. You need to understand all of your humidifier options in order to make a properly educated decision regarding a humidifier that is ideal for your unique situation.
Humidifiers are used to add moisture to the air when it is too dry. When the cool air from outside in colder climates is warmed, it loses most of its natural moisture making the air so dry that it will cause discomfort for humans and even illness. Dry air is also bad for furniture and other items in the household.
There is a balance though, you don’t want overly wet air either as it can be just as damaging in some cases. But you know when your air is dry because your skin gets dry, you may get sore throats frequently and feel a light burning sensation when breathing normally.
Why Should I get a Self Cleaning Humidifier?
A humidifier puts back the moisture that your furnace takes out of the air or just adds moisture to air that can even be too dry naturally. Whatever the case, dry air is bad for you and your home and a humidifier will solve the problem.
When used on a daily basis, normal humidifiers need a good cleaning about once a week. Cleaning requires cleaning out any filters, removing any mineral build ups on the device and disinfecting it as well.
Mineral deposits and dangerous germs and viruses will accumulate daily from normal use. So, unless you want to add cleaning the humidifier to your weekly cleaning list every week, you may want to consider a self cleaning humidifier to lessen your weekly chores.
How They Work
A self cleaning humidifier does just as the name implies, it cleans itself. The self cleaning models have self cleaning elements that do not require nearly as much maintenance as the normal humidifier without the self cleaning feature. So if you use a humidifier regularly, you may want to look into a humidifier that has this handy feature.
You don’t want to get too caught up in the self cleaning idea because your humidifier is bound to still require some types of regular maintenance, but certainly it will be less often and much easier with the self clean elements included.
Be sure to read your user manual on the humidifier you purchase to fully understand what the self clean does in detail and what you still need to do to maintain the self cleaning humidifier properly so that it will last longer.
Self cleaning can also refer to the humidifiers that have what they call self clean filter systems. The self clean filter concept is simply one that has a continuous circulation of water to keep the filter clean. Read about the model before you buy it and talk to your dealer to find out what type of self cleaning benefits different humidifiers may have.
Some homes will need furnace humidifiers that have different self cleaning mechanisms such as the self-flush feature and different types of filters than the stand alone humidifiers have. So know your options before you buy. Ask a salesman if you may need a furnace humidifier instead. Also look for the auto flush feature on the furnace humidifiers.
You can get a self cleaning humidifier at DIY home centers, appliance stores and larger department stores around the globe. They can cost from $100 to $500 depending on type and model you purchase. You can also do your research online as you are now.
It is good to look at several different models and know a bit about them before going to the store to buy one so that the salesman can’t get one over on you. Knowledge is the key to life! Good luck shopping for your new self cleaning humidifier and stay moist.