7 Useful Tips for Using A Humidifier!

TaoTronics investigates the best tips for using a humidifier, from where to put it to what kind of water you should be putting in it!

Humidifiers are a fantastic item that you never knew you needed. Effectively moisturizing the air, they help save your body from the effects of dry rooms and the harsh realities of winter.

But placing them in your room to get the most effective use is a fine art akin to feng shui.

Should they be close to your bed or as far away as possible? Do you need to use distilled water, and what happens if you’re using a humidifier for a nursery?

We’ve got the answers to all your questions, and some you might not have thought about!

Here are 7 useful tips for using a humidifier – your very own humidifier FAQ. And don’t forget, if we’ve missed anything feel free to comment and our TaoTronics experts will get back to you ASAP!

Quick Jump:

Where Should I Place My Humidifier?

How Close Should a Humidifier be to My Bed?

Where is the Best Place for A Humidifier in My Bedroom?

What Humidity Should I Set My Humidifier To?

What Kind of Water Can You Use in A Humidifier?

What Should I Put In My Humidifier To Prevent Mold?

How Often Should I Clean My Humidifier?

Where Should I Place My Humidifier?

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Obviously, there are two key things to bear in mind when deciding on a spot for your humidifier.

  1. Firstly, the humidifier should be placed on a small table, or other piece of furniture at least two feet off the ground.
  2. Secondly, you should be able to place a towel or some form of sheet under the humidifier to protect your furniture.

These are great basics to bear in mind because it doesn’t just narrow down your options, but it will prevent any damage to your floors or ceilings!

You want to place the humidifier at least two feet off the floor in case of any leaks, and so that you can’t accidentally knock it over. Some humidifiers automatically switch off if the tank is tipped; this is a great bonus.

Humidifiers can also have a large mist plume to cover larger rooms. If you’re placing it high up – on top of a wardrobe, say – this plume will hit into the ceiling, adding moisture and reducing the effectiveness of the device.

Placing a towel or mat under your humidifier is a good way to protect any furniture from damage, like if you spill water while filling the humidifier. It can also add some glamour to your room!

How Close Should a Humidifier be to My Bed?

One of the key tips for using a humidifier in your bedroom is placing it at the correct distance from your bed.

Specifically, we recommend that you keep your humidifier at a distance of around 3 feet from your bed – although there’s no inherent harm in placing it closer, if you’re restricted on room.

This distance is recommended for a variety of reasons. Not least, if you own a warm mist humidifier it needs to be far enough away from your bed that if it falls it won’t spill hot water over you!

Unless you have a humidifier that is precision designed with patented technology to keep noise at a minimum, it’s best to keep it further away from your bed so you can sleep. The sound of a fan or water dripping right next to your head can be something to focus on, disturbing your sleep.

Plus, you want the moisture to be diffused throughout the air rather than concentrated right next to your nose and mouth. Moist air keeps mucus thinner, allowing you to breathe more easily. So while having your humidifier next to your head might feel like a relief at first, it isn’t recommended long term.

Where is the Best Place for a Humidifier in My Bedroom?

Location wise, this is up to you and based on the layout of your room. If you follow our previous advice, you’ll probably have a location in mind already!

Other than that, we can recommend that larger humidifiers are placed in the corner of your bedroom. Not only are they out the way, it means they’re in the optimal place to provide full room coverage.

If you have bought your humidifier solely to sleep better, somewhere nearer to your bed would make sense. Make sure it is only cool mist! A warm mist humidifier should be placed somewhere it can’t harm anyone if it falls.

Quick tip – don’t keep it near a window or in direct sunlight.

What Humidity Should I Set My Humidifier To?

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Obviously, you can choose whatever setting feels best for you. But to avoid the problems of too little or too high humidity, we recommend you maintain a humidity level of between 45% and 50%.

This should make it comfortable for you to sleep without too much humidification.

What Kind of Water Can You Use in A Humidifier?

For the best results, you can’t just put any old water into your humidifier! One of our most important tips for using a humidifier is that you need one of two special types of water.

Distilled Water

Distilled water is water that has been boiled and then cooled again to remove all of its impurities including bacteria, salts and minerals. The water is boiled and the steam is captured and allowed to turn back into water. The impurities won’t rise with the steam; what’s left in the new container is distilled water.

This is the most common form of purifying water. You can buy it from stores, and usually that will have been through an extra filtration process (see demineralized water, below!) to make sure it’s as pure as possible.

On the other hand, you can make it yourself (though it’s not going to be quite as pure!) – learn how to do that here!

Demineralized water

Demineralized water is water that has had all of the dissolved minerals in it completely removed. It’s more economic than distillation, though that is a way you can achieve it. In addition, you can also get demineralized via deionization, membrane filtration (reverse osmosis or nanofiltration), or electrodyalisis.

Demineralization doesn’t remove bacteria and viruses like distillation does.

If the water goes through one of these systems then the amount of minerals in the water can be bought right down, even as low as 1mg a liter! However, you should note that this kind of water definitely isn’t for drinking. It is said to taste gross, for one, and not quench your thirst.

What Should I Put in My Humidifier to Prevent Mold?

One worry when you have water in any device is mold. There are a few tips for using a humidifier that will help make sure your humidifier stays clean!

  1. Add White Vinegar: Fill your humidifier with water, distilled or otherwise, and also add a cup of white vinegar to the tank. This will help prevent any mold from growing.
  2. Humidifier Tablets: You can also purchase humidifier tablets to drop into the tank. They dissolve in under ten minutes and can have aromas! They help to extend the life of your humidifier by keeping the tank clean whilst the water is inside.
  3. Add Other Materials: There’s also other things you can add to your humidifier’s tank. These include drops of tea tree oil and even a small amount of chlorine bleach, although whether you want that material in your bedroom is up to you!

How Often Should I Clean My Humidifier?

Even using distilled water, you will want to make sure you clean your humidifier regularly. In particular, this is to get rid of any mineral traces, and also to make sure that no water is left to go stagnant.

The American Lung Association’s Assistant Vice President of National Policy, Janice Nolen, recommends cleaning your humidifier daily. However, if you have a busy routine this simply isn’t possible. In that case, we recommend that you clean your humidifier at least once every three days. Although if you don’t use is as often, clean it once a week. It’s up to you how often you choose!

Quick Cleaning Guide

  1. First, unplug the humidifier, and take it apart by removing the tank/tank opening. Make sure you know how to fit it all back together!
  2. Second, use white vinegar to clean all the areas that come into contact with water. They’ll need to be soaked for around 15 minutes.
  3. Next, while these parts are soaking, fill the tank up to around half way and add a teaspoon of bleach. Make sure the lid is on tightly and move the water around to get full coverage of the tank, and a full clean. Again, leave the mixture in to soak for around 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse off all the parts – tap water is fine for this! Make sure there’s no smell left, as this is a good guide for the humidifier being clean.

That’s it! You just need to reassemble the humidifier. Replace the filter as often as is recommended and you’ll easily get purer air.

Now you know the basics, we’ve written a more in-depth explanation on our blog, so be sure to check that out!

Tips for Using A Humidifier – Conclusions

To round up, getting a humidifier is a great way to help ease your breathing in winter and help your skin, when dry air can wreak havoc. Now you have learned, from our tips on using a humidifier, that simply placing it in the right area of your bedroom and cleaning it once a week will make all the difference.

If you’re interested in buying a humidifier, you should check out the TaoTronics range. We have a guide to our different humidifiers here, so you can find the one that’s perfect for you!

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Amy Blandford is a writer for TaoTronics who specializes in all things humidifier, diffuser and air purifier related. When she’s not advocating the many health benefits of the soothing air courtesy of these products, she’s probably practicing yoga or caring for her many plants.

18 Replies to “7 Useful Tips for Using A Humidifier!

  1. Please help with some confusion. You said to add a cup of vinegar to your humidifier. Do you cycle the humidifier with the vinegar in the tank or is that just to soak and clean? if you cycle through with the vinegar in the tank are their health benefits of the vinegar?

    On another subject, I would like to add essential oils to my humidifier But it seems to leave a sticky residue. how do I prevent this?

    1. Hi there, you only need to add the vinegar to clean the humidifier. Please do not cycle through with the vinegar in the tank.

      Which humidifier are you using? There are some humidifiers that are not meant to be used with essential oils.

      Any other questions, please email us at support@taotronics.com.

      1. I think Rebecca’s reply is incorrect. The article’s mention of adding a cup of vinegar was not in the section about cleaning; also mentioned are humidifier tablets and a small amount of chlorine bleach. These are intended to be added to the water in the humidifier to prevent things from growing in the water while the humidifier is running.

        Rebecca, can you check and let me know whether my understanding is correct?

        1. Hi Bruce, we recommend cleaning TaoTronics humidifiers with vinegar as vinegar is nontoxic and eco-friendly. Please follow the steps below to clean your TaoTronics humidifier:

          1). Fill the water tank with 1.5L warm water and add 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar. Shake the tank thoroughly, let it sit on the base for 20 minutes. Vinegar solution will drain into the base and loosen mineral buildup.
          2). Empty tank and rinse with plain water.
          3). Scrub the base with a small brush, wipe with a soft cloth. Make sure to clean the transducer, as mineral buildup can cause the humidifier to malfunction.
          4). Empty base & rinse with plain water.

          If you have further questions about how to clean your TaoTronics humidifier, please contact our support team: support@taotronics.com

  2. Hi Amy,
    Firstly special thanks for sharing the vinegar & tablet tricks. But you didn’t share anything about sinus problem, can I add some vicks in my humidifiers?
    Thanks in advance.

  3. I love my humidifier, but we have very hard water in our area and the mineral filter pad becomes really caked up quickly. Where could I buy more pads? I bought the unit on Amazon, but no one knows where to get more pads!

  4. Just recieved my humidifier. It continuously reads 70-73% and continues misting despite programming the Humidistat to 50%. The check is on and white. There is no way my apartment is 70% humidity. If so why is this humidifier still misting?

  5. Hi,
    I have a Honeywell Ultrasonic Mist Humidifier, Model HUL535W.
    Can I use the Essick Air Bacteriostatic Treatment Solution in this model.
    Appreciate any help, Thanks Tom.

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