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how do humidifiers work?

do they need filters? is the water level supposed to go down?

i got one from the goodwill and its just blowing cold air, the humidity level has not changed according to our clock.

its a vicks V3100


Asked by staciandababy at 1:51 PM on Dec. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • its a humidifier.

    i was told the only thing i could do for an infant with congestion was saline, aspiration and to buy a humidifier.

    Answer by staciandababy at 1:58 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • A humidifier needs a filter, yes, and the water level goes down - mine takes 3 gallons of water or more in 24 hours. I do believe you have a vaporizer, not a humidifier, and if you bought it used, it could have mold in it. Wal-Mart sells brand new vaporizers for as little as $9 (I got a Vicks vaporizer there for that price) and a humidifier can be bought for a small room up to one that does a whole house, mine does up to 800sq ft and I paid $37 for it at Menards. What you need depends if you just want to humidify your whole house, or if you have a sick child. If you have a vaporizer, it's not meant to humidify the house, but to help a sick child. A humidifier is not "supposed to" help a sick child, unless of course it's a dry house making the child sick.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:55 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • the thing is clear and dishwasher safe, i'd be able to see mold if there was mold.

    Answer by staciandababy at 1:58 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • From what I'm reading about your specific humidifier, you bought a cool mist humidifier.

    Cool-Mist Humidifier

    These machines work by making water vapor through a rapidly turning disk within the water of the humidifier. Because the vapor from the machine is not heated, there is no risk of burning the child should the water spill or she places her face close to where the vapor escapes. The biggest drawback to cool-mist humidifiers is that the cool water can be an excellent breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Therefore, it is very important (and somewhat bothersome) to follow the manufacturer's instructions concerning cleaning which usually includes cleansing the tank on a daily basis with soap and water. In addition, these machines are quite efficient at dispersing the minerals within tap water which can cause health problems themselves. So, distilled water should be used in cool-mist humidifiers.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:09 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

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