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Can You Use Tap Water in a Humidifier?

Sure you can use tap water in your new humidifier, but should you? Probably not! Tap water may cause unnecessary wear and tear on your humidifier and even spread unwanted bacteria throughout your home.

Read on to learn what type of water you should be using in your humidifier.

What Is the Best Water for a Humidifier?

Using a humidifier is a smart way to maximize comfort and increase the quality of the air inside your home. A huge factor in the performance of your humidifier is the quality of the water used. To promote healthy indoor air quality that’s safe to breathe and to extend the life of your humidifier, always use demineralized, distilled, or purified water in your humidifier.

What’s the problem with using tap water in your humidifier?

Depending on the source, tap water may contain minerals or bacteria. By design, humidifiers are warm and moist, making them an ideal habitat for bacteria and mold. Mold growth and mineral buildup may impact the function of your unit and cause health problems to those in your home.

Where to Find the Best Water for a Humidifier

Demineralized, distilled, and purified water may be purchased by the gallon at local stores. If you prefer not to spend money on bottled water, you can demineralize hard tap water at home by boiling it on the stove or using a reverse osmosis filter. Whatever water source you choose, it’s important to clean and descale your humidifier regularly to keep it running optimally and to avoid air contamination.

Using the wrong water for your humidifier will not only decrease air quality, it will also likely shorten the lifespan of the device. Provide the cleanest air possible for your home and make the most of your investment by taking steps to ensure the water in your humidifier is free of minerals and bacteria.

Do not use tap water. Always choose demineralized, distilled, or purified water for your humidifier. By choosing the right water to fill your humidifier, you ensure you and your family members are breathing fresh, humidified air.

Breathe Easy with Indoor Air Quality Solutions from Aire Serv®

Whether you need help with a whole-home humidifier or want to find additional solutions to maximize your home’s indoor air quality, the experts at your local Aire Serv are here to help. Call (855) 679-0011 or request an appointment today.

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