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Why Do You Put Salt in a Humidifier?

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Have you ever heard about the idea of putting salt in a humidifier? This is something that many people are aware of, but it’s often not easy to work out why this might be necessary. With this thought in mind, today, we’re looking at some of the key things you should know about putting salt in a humidifier; hopefully, this will help you find the ideal opportunities for your needs.

Why Do You Put Salt in a Humidifier?

Before we go any further and get into specifics, we must first clarify why you might want to put salt in a humidifier device anyway. There are several reasons why this might be important, which include the following.

The most notable reason, in many cases, as to why people put salt in a humidifier is simple: it allows you to improve conductivity in a heated warm mist humidifier, thereby making it easier to create steam. However, hard water may not need salt added for this purpose since the impurities in hard water already help make it more conductive.

What’s more, adding salt to your humidifier may also help manage pathogens in your device by creating an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow.

With that being said, though, it’s highly important to keep in mind here that putting salt in a humidifier is primarily limited to warm mist devices. If your humidifier is a cool mist humidifier, it won’t need any salt added to the water since conductivity is not such an important metric.

In fact, if you try to put salt in a cool mist humidifier, the only thing you might notice is that it begins to clog up your humidifier over time instead. So, if you’re going for a cool mist option, always make sure you use salt-free water and ideally choose distilled water to reduce the wear and tear on your systems.


What Sort of Salt Should I Put in a Humidifier?

If you have a warm mist (steam) humidifier and need to add salt to the water to help improve conductivity, it’s important to use the right type of salt – indeed, the wrong option here could potentially corrode or damage your humidifier!

So, what should you be using? Well, regular table salt probably isn’t the best option if you want to improve the performance of your humidifier. Instead, pure salts such as Epsom, Dead Sea, or Himalayan salts may be a better bet. Ideally, you want to find a salt that’s pure and doesn’t contain any other contaminants; contrastingly, table salt may potentially have additives in it that could cause damage to the humidifier.

Final Thoughts

If you have been looking to invest in a humidifier, it’s vital that you understand well how to look after it – and as part of this, considering why you might want to put salt in a humidifier. Luckily, we’ve summarised some of the main things you need to know in this regard today to help; hopefully, this will allow you to get the most from your humidifier device. If you have further questions, please contact us at Jelly.Wang@smillon.com.

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