Thoughts on AOS Ultrasonic Humidifiers by AIR-O-SWISS + general humidifier tips


from QT: ”
Q: What is required to maintain an Air-O-Swiss humidifier?
A: Air-O-Swiss humidifier units require some maintenance in order to continue producing clean, humidified air. Above all, it’s important to remember to clean your humidifier regularly to avoid germ and bacteria build-up, which could be re-circulated throughout your air if it’s not eliminated. To do this, empty the water tank and use a soft-bristled brush along with a mild cleanser to clean the inside. For convenience, certain Air-O-Swiss models, including the 7144, have a Clean Indicator feature that illuminates every 2 weeks to remind you that it’s time to clean the inside of the water tank.
Most Air-O-Swiss models also require that you replace certain parts regularly. For example, the Air-O-Swiss Hydro Stick, which helps maintain freshness inside the water tank, must be replaced yearly. It is also recommended that you replace the demineralization cartridge every 2 to 3 months to continue preventing the release harmful minerals into the air, especially if you use hard water to fill your humidifier. Alternatively, you can refill the demineralization cartridge with refill granules instead of purchasing a new cartridge. Air-O-Swiss evaporative humidifiers will also need periodic
replacement of the evaporator filter wick.


from QT:”
Using a humidifier in the wintertime can be a great fix for the health, comfort, and interior problems caused by dry air. By dispersing an invisible mist of moisture throughout a space, these appliances help relieve dry and itchy skin, moisturize parched respiratory passages, and reduce the amount of static electricity in your indoor environment. However, when not properly cared for and maintained, a humidifier can quickly become a health hazard. Here’s how.
All humidifiers, regardless of their type, carry a risk of bacteria and mold growth. This may be the result of two things: (a.) Failing to clean the humidifier’s components and change the water regularly; and (b.) Filling the humidifier with mineral-rich tap water. When bacteria and mold grow and multiply inside a humidifier, traces of them can be released into the air you breathe. Additionally, the high mineral content of tap water (when used to fill a humidifier) can cause a dirty film to build up inside the water reservoir. Like mold and bacteria, particulates from this film—which materialize as white dust—can mix in with the moisturizing mist and become part of your indoor air.
If you have allergies or an existing asthma condition, regularly inhaling these impurities can aggravate your symptoms or cause a full-on attack. A more serious side effect is a little-known illness called humidifier lung. Also known as “humidifier fever” and more formally as “hypersensitivity pneumonitis,” this is a lung condition that develops when you inhale vapors contaminated with certain strains of bacteria….. Remember these tips:

Change the water in your humidifier daily. …

Use distilled or de-mineralized water to fill your humidifier. ….

Clean your humidifier thoroughly every few days. Use a soft-bristled brush and a mild cleanser when cleaning out the inside of your unit’s water tank. Wipe down the exterior with a clean, damp cloth. Wait for all components to dry completely before filling with fresh water and turning on.

Use a natural cleaning solution to clean your humidifier. This is especially beneficial to allergy- and asthma-sufferers, as well as those who have multiple chemical sensitivities. Harsh chemical cleaners can often leave odors and residues that may irritate symptoms. A better option? Use natural white vinegar, which doubles as a disinfectant and deodorizer, to eliminate mineral buildup and disinfect surfaces…..

Consider investing in a humidifier that uses UV germicidal light or a special germ-reducing insert…

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