How to Clean a Humidifier

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It’s that time of year again to bring the humidifier out of storage, give it a good cleaning and start using it!  With the cold weather here, it is causing many to suffer with respiratory and skin conditions.  Our trusty humidifier helps relieve itchy eyes, sore throat, and cracked skin by adding moisture to the dried out air. As beneficial as it is to use a humidifier, you must remember to properly clean and maintain it regularly, or it could potentially be detrimental to your health. If not cleaned regularly, bacteria and mold can grow in the tank, which then goes into the air through the mist. Keeping the humidifier tank clean is so important!

Here are some general instructions on cleaning a humidifier to keep it in great working condition:

  • After you have unplugged your unit, empty out the water from the tank.
  • Remove the filter from the humidifier and rinse it with cold water under your faucet. Never use any cleaning solutions as it can cause damage to the filter. You can gently rub your fingers over the filter to help loosen any debris that may be on it.  After thoroughly rinsing the filter, place on a towel to let any excess water drain off.  Replace the filter in the unit when thoroughly dry.
  • To clean the tank, pour in a good amount of undiluted white vinegar and swish it around, cleaning the entire tank area, and then let it sit for approximately 30 minutes. You can use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub any residue or buildup.  If you find that there are hard to clean areas, repeat this process again.  Make sure to move the solution all around the tank, coating the entire tank. After cleaning is complete, rinse the tank thoroughly.
  • Next you want to disinfect the humidifier. Fill the tank with water and add one teaspoon of bleach to every gallon of water.  Or if you prefer not to use bleach, you can use 3% hydrogen peroxide. Move the solution of your choice all around the tank, making sure to coat the entire tank, and then let it sit for approximately 30 minutes. After disinfecting has been completed, rinse the tank thoroughly.
  • The humidifier has now been cleaned and disinfected properly and is ready to add water into the tank.

When you are using your humidifier every day, you should be emptying and refilling it every day with clean distilled water.  Lastly, remember to clean and disinfect your humidifier at least once a week!

Please be sure to visit us at www.filtersfast.com and click on the Humidifiers category to find replacement filters for your humidifier.

3 Major Benefits of Using Water Filters – Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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There was a time when I drank water straight from the tap and didn’t think anything of it. Once I started realizing the issues that tap water can present (harmful bacteria, high chlorine levels, bad taste and smell, etc.) I jumped to bottled water. That didn’t last long, as it is very expensive after a while. Once I realized that bottled water companies have fewer regulations than those governing tap water, it became a definite no-no for me.  It wasn’t until after l I jumped from tap water, moved to bottled water, and stopped using bottled water that I finally arrived at the most cost effective and healthiest option—water filters.

It took me a long time to arrive at this solution but it doesn’t have to take you as long. Below are some of the biggest benefits of using water filters in your home.

1. They provide better smelling and better tasting drinking water by reducing bacterial contaminants and chlorine. One of the biggest complaints about tap water is its taste and/or smell (you may have that concern about your own tap water). Bottled water may seem like a better option, but when you factor in the cost and consider that it is essentially the same as tap water, you will soon realize that this may be the biggest benefit of water filters.

2. Drinking filtered, clean water protects the body from disease and can lead to greater health. In addition, water filters provide healthy and clean water for cooking as well.

3. It costs way less than you think. First off, let’s tackle bottled water. The cost of bottled water goes way beyond what you pay to buy it (which itself adds up after only a little while). It also takes an estimated 17 million barrels of oil per year to make the plastic bottles (according to onegreenplanet.org) and takes even more energy to have it transported throughout the world. Take into account that 80% of bottled water ends up in landfills and you see the problem. Water filters on the other hand (when you buy from FiltersFast.com) are as low as $18.99 for refrigerator water filters (and even lower for other types of water filters), can be delivered automatically to your door at the frequency of your choosing, and can even be recycled.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of benefits of water filters, but these are why I believe you should consider using water filtration in your home. Refrigerator filters, whole house filters, faucet filters, countertop filters and more are all options to choose from to get filtered water in your house.

Remember to Drink Your Filtered Water – Is It Safe To Drink Tap Water

tap-water-in-a-glassWe learned early in life that all living things need water to survive.  As a matter of fact, a person can only live for about 3 – 4 days without water, while surviving up to a month without food!  In honor of World Water day, March 22, 2014, I thought I would take a moment to remind us all why good old H2O is so important to the human body.

I find myself constantly advising friends and family members to drink more filtered water.  When we neglect to do so, we can experience unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, headache, irritability, tiredness, constipation and a general sense of discomfort. It is amazing how our bodies respond when we take in the proper amount of water. The Institute of Medicine suggests 9 – 12 cups of total beverages each day. This can literally make you feel like a new person!  In addition to relieving the above referenced disagreeable side effects of not drinking enough, water also helps the body with the following functions:

  • Regulates body temperature
  • Aids in digestion by ridding the body of waste
  • Lubricates and acts as a cushion for joints, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues

These are just a few medical reasons why our body demands drinking water.  There are other benefits as well, such as promoting weight loss, improves complexion, increases energy and can flush out harmful toxins to boost your immune system!

In an effort to make sure that you are consuming the highest quality water available, consider using a water testing kit to determine if contaminates are present in your tap water.  If they are, don’t work.  FiltersFast.com offers a wide variety of water filtration applications from refrigerator filters to filtered pitchers and reusable bottles, as well as whole house filtration systems and faucet mount products.

So do the environment a favor: don’t drink bottled water.  By now we all know that trash from empty water bottles is filling up the landfills and producing tons of litter each year, not to mention the rising cost and simple inconvenience of lugging around heavy cases of water.

This year on World Water Day, take a moment to reflect on how something as pure and simple as can have such a dynamic impact on not only our bodies and lives, but that of the entire world.  Clean water is a luxury and should not be taken for granted, as many people do not have the resources or capacity to produce it.  If you do, count it a blessing and think about how you might get involved to help those who don’t.  To learn more, please visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.