Is Your Humidifier Clean? It Could Be a Health Hazard if Not
Does throat your feel like sandpaper when you wake up? It could be the ultra-low humidity in your home. A humidifier can help make things more comfortable.But what happens when a humidifier becomes dirty? It becomes a health hazard!
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is alerting consumers to possible health hazards resulting from dirty room humidifiers. The CPSC has found that bacteria and fungi often grow in the tanks of portable and console room humidifiers and can be released in the mist.
Breathing dirty mist may cause lung problems ranging from flu-like symptoms to serious infection.
How can a humidifier become a problem?
Humidifiers are a godsend for people that suffer from chronic breathing problems and from dry skin issues. However, if your humidifier is dirty and isn''t maintained properly it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.
If you see film or scum appearing on the water surface, on the sides or bottom of the tank, or on exposed motor parts may indicate that the humidifier tank contains bacteria or fungi. A crusty deposit or scale may also form within the tank or on parts in the water. This scale like stuff is composed of minerals that have settled out of the water creating a surface on which bacteria or fungi can grow.
Minerals from the water can be released in the mist and settle as fine white dust. This white dust may contain particles that are small enough to enter the lungs.