- What Is A Humidifier And What Does It Do?
- What Is A Humidifier Filter And What Does It Do?
- So, Can You Run A Humidifier Without A Filter?
- How Do I Clean My Humidifiers Filter?
- Step One: Remove Dust From The Exhaust Ports
- Step Two: Carefully Remove The Filter From The Humidifier
- Step Three: Rinse Out The Filter With Warm Water And A Little Bit Of Soap
Today, we’re going to be exploring the question of “Can you run a humidifier without a filter?” This is a simple question, that has a complex answer. Before we can answer this question, we have to define two things.
What Is A Humidifier And What Does It Do?
A humidifier is a device that serves a few purposes. First off, it increases the moisture within your home, and this can help improve your skin, eliminate germs, and even enable your houseplants to remain healthy. Humidifiers also serve as air purification tools, which take air that might be full of germs, bacteria, and dust, and they turn that air into fresh and clean air that is healthy. All of this contributes to a much greater level of air quality, as well as your overall health.
What Is A Humidifier Filter And What Does It Do?
As you might expect, since a humidifier is in charge of filtering all of that air, it, well, needs some filtration system. These filtration systems enable the humidifier to remove those elements from the air that are less than desirable – germs and bacteria being two of the biggest ones – but they also filter the air that is coming out of the humidifier.
When purified air is coming out of the humidifier, it needs to go through a filter so that the proper amount of moisture can be put into that air, without too much moisture being added. If too much moisture is added, then the air can become incredibly humid, which has many other side-effects.
If the air is too humid, then things like mold are more likely to grow, the wood in your flooring can become damaged and corroded, and you’re more likely to suffer from health problems involving your respiratory system and your skin.
So, Can You Run A Humidifier Without A Filter?
The simple answer is “Yes, you can…but not in the way you might think.” You see, many different humidifiers run without having a standard filtration system. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t have any purification or filtration system. Quite the opposite.
Water-purification systems are quite popular with humidifiers that don’t have those traditional filters, because some kind of purification system is always necessary, because a humidifier needs to have a way of preventing dirty air from leaving the humidifier and, essentially, contaminating the air in your home.
Many different humidifiers with water filtration systems are now on the market, and they are very popular, due to the conveniences that a water filtration system offers, over that of a more traditional filtration system.
Nevertheless, every humidifier will have some filtration system. There’s just no other way around it because that is the nature of a humidifier and this kind of feature is inherent in the design of such a device.
How Do I Clean My Humidifiers Filter?
Maintaining a clean filter does not have to be a difficult or time-consuming process. It can be a simple, easy, and, in some cases, even a fun process!
However, before you do this, make sure that you understand how your humidifiers filter works, and that there isn’t any alternate procedure that you need to do. Most humidifiers have filters that can be maintained in a very similar way, but some of them don’t, and it is important to make sure that you won’t accidentally damage the filter of your humidifier.
Step One: Remove Dust From The Exhaust Ports
On your humidifier, there will be a few exhaust ports. As time passes, these exhaust ports can become clogged with dirt and dust and little pieces of debris. It’s important to clean these with a wet washcloth or even a small cotton swab so that the dirt, dust, and debris doesn’t enter into the moist pure air that the humidifier is releasing.
Step Two: Carefully Remove The Filter From The Humidifier
Pretty self-explanatory. Just carefully remove it from the humidifier, and then set it gently down into the sink – remember, this is for filters that can be rinsed in the sink, some of them can’t, so make sure yours can before doing this.
Step Three: Rinse Out The Filter With Warm Water And A Little Bit Of Soap
Turn on the faucet to a warm setting – but not the hottest setting – and then allow the water to go into the filter. Once the filter is halfway full, add some dish soap. Fill it up completely, let it sit, and then pour out the water. You now have a clean filter! However, you might need to take a washcloth and scrub it a bit more.