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Mister Dehumidifier

Updated on March 26, 2011

Defining Mister Dehumidfiers

Humidifier is a device that adds moisture to the air and maintains required level of humidity, easing us from irritating atmosphere. Due to increase in air pollution, dust and unpredictable weather conditions, humidifiers have become basic household appliances. According to health care providers, humidity of a room should be 35 to 50 percent. Optimum moisture in the air eases nasal congestion, sore throat, dry and itchy skin. It is a must for people with allergies, asthma, eczema and other diseases.

The Varieties Available

There are many types of humidifiers depending on the process used and the effects produced like warm mist and cool mist humidifier. There are also portable and whole house humidifiers.

Warm mist humidifier boils water from the reservoir and releases steam into surrounding atmosphere. As a result there is an increase in moisture and temperature of your room. Many machines allow you to add medications to warm water which helps in relieving cough and cold symptoms .It is of help during winters. However due to heating aspect of warm mist humidifier it requires more energy and is risky if you have small children at home. It cannot be used to humidify large rooms.  To resolve the problems of overheating and low reservoir water, some machines include AUTO SHUTT OFF feature which makes them extra safe. 

Cool mist humidifier working on evaporative process is the most economical and largely used humidifier. It basically consists of a water reservoir, wick and a fan. Wick filter is made of absorbent paper based materials. Water from the reservoir is absorbed by the wick and a jet of air is blown through it. Evaporation of water at room temperature is dependent on surface area of the wick and wind from the fan. It requires energy only to operate the fan hence reducing your electricity bills. It is very important that moisture in the air does not increase above normal levels. Fortunately this type of humidifier is self regulating and does not require a humidistat. Evaporation decreases as humidity of the room increases and vice versa. It is a bit noisier but many modern humidifiers come with a Silent Feature.

Steps To Clean A Mister Humidifer

1. Separate the filter and add household bleach to the water tank. Keep it for half an hour.

2. Soak the base with concentrated white vinegar. After an hour, rinse it with water till the entire mineral deposited is washed off.

3. Soak the filter in water added with vinegar for about half an hour.

4. Add chlorine bleach to water and pour it on the humidifier. This will sterilize the device.

5. Wash all the components with water until vinegar and chlorine bleach residues are properly cleaned.

6. In case of warm mist humidifiers, cleaning of the heating filament is absolutely necessary.

7. Reassemble all the components.

Maintenance Of Mister Humidifiers

Mister humidifiers require regular maintenance and sometimes replacement of some parts. Water in the reservoir has to be changed daily as stagnant water encourages microbial and mold growth. Humidifier must be cleaned and sterilized every week for better performance.


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