Cleaning Tips,  Flu Season

Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?

A sniffle in winter is not abnormal, but if you’re constantly getting sick, you may want to explore what in your home or office could be causing it. In particular, when was the last time you cleaned your humidifier? Or even thought about it? 

Humidifiers are devices that emit water vapor or steam to increase moisture levels in the air (humidity). Americans buy roughly 10 million humidifiers each year in order to combat dry skin, cracked lips and a host of other cold-weather causing ailments. However, dirty reservoirs and filters in humidifiers can quickly breed bacteria and mold, according to Mayo Clinic. The bacteria can then be spread throughout your home as the humidifier mists the air, causing a variety of health problems. Lung issues, from flu-like symptoms to serious infection, are your main worries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

Ultrasonic humidifiers in particular have been known to cause illness due to its production of moisture in the form of cool mist. The moisture often has minerals from the water used that become dissolved and enter the air. The “white film” the moisture produces can then show up on surfaces and pose a health risk. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t use a humidifier, but you should take proper precautions with the equipment. It’s critical to clean the inside of any humidifier to eliminate the breeding ground for bacteria. It’s also smart to clean and replace filters as often as your equipment suggests. Additionally, use distilled water to avoid the spread of minerals and keep an eye on any production of white film. 

If you’re often sick in the winter and can’t pinpoint a reason, consider looking into your humidifier habits. If you want to keep your home free of any other bacteria-causing agents, give your closest Two Maids & A Mop a call today. Two Maids & A Mop delivers high quality house cleaning services, offering several cleaning packages that are designed to meet the demands of any home owner. Explore our services:

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