Proper Care & Cleaning for your
Luma Comfort Ultrasonic Humidifier
You've been enjoying your new humidifier now for a couple of weeks, but now you want to make sure you're able to enjoy it for many years to come. If there is one piece of advice that will all but guarantee your humidifier will last for many years, it would be to clean the unit regularly.
To start, here are some basic maintenance recommendations, particularly geared towards Luma Comfort models. While they may seem simple, they are of the utmost importance if you want your humidifier to run properly:
- Be sure to empty the tank on a daily basis, and refill the unit with clean water. This will help reduce the potential growth of any bacteria that thrive in areas with standing water
- Regularly wipe all surfaces completely dry. Again, this will curb the potential grown of any microorganisms in and around the humidifier.
- Empty the water tank and clean the internal reservoir of the humidifier once every three days. Use the included brush to remove any scale or deposits around the ultrasonic atomizer. Also be sure to scrub the rest of the base of the unit and tank to remove any deposits or film that may have formed on the sides of the tank or inside the base of the unit.
- Use water with low mineral content. This will prevent the build-up of scale in the water tank and on the internal parts of the unit. Additionally, this can help prevent the distribution of minerals into your air. Distilled water is recommended for all ultrasonic humidifiers as it contains lower mineral content than typical tap water.
Additionally, all Luma Comfort humidifiers include a demineralization cartridge that will further remove minerals from your water. These cartridges will eventually need to be replaced; however the lifespan ultimately will depend on the quality of the water you use. In areas with hard water, where mineral content is high, using distilled water is still highly recommended to ensure a longer lifespan for your cartridge and improved performance from your humidifier. In addition to regular maintenance, you should also be sure to give your humidifier a more thorough cleaning regularly.
Here's how to properly and thoroughly clean your Luma Comfort humidifier:
- First, make sure the unit is turned off, and unplugged.
- Empty the tank completely of water, and rinse it out thoroughly with fresh, clean water.
- Wipe all surfaces of the water tank dry, using a clean, soft cloth. Pay special attention to clean any surface of the unit that comes into contact with water. A disinfectant wipe can also be used if available.
- If you see any hard water stains or evidence of scale and buildup, use a cleaning or disinfecting product to thoroughly clean the area. You can also use a simple solution of water and hydrogen peroxide - the EPA recommends using a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Please note that if you use any cleaning solution or disinfectant, be sure to rinse out the water tank thoroughly when done to ensure no chemicals are distributed into the air during the misting process
Next, clean the base of the unit thoroughly. Wipe down the inside of the base of the unit completely, and use the included brush to scrub away any residue on the ultrasonic atomizer - the silver circle inside the base.
- If there are any hard water stains or scale around the base of the unit, pour a mixture of plain vinegar and water into the reservoir inside the base. Allow that mixture to soak in the unit for up to 20 minutes, then rinse the area thoroughly. Again, make sure you rinse out the base completely, otherwise you may end up dispersing a vinegar smell throughout your home.
- Allow the unit to try completely before putting it back together and refilling the tank.
For best results, it is recommended that you clean your humidifier at least once every two weeks. Here are some other great suggestions to ensure your Luma Comfort humidifier works for as long as possible:
- Only run your humidifier in areas where the relative humidity is lower than 50 percent. Higher humidity levels encourage the growth of bacteria and other biological organisms. If you happen to see condensation or moisture build up on windows or walls, this is usually a sign your room is humid enough already.
- Keep the area around your humidifier dry, and do not allow any dampness to occur. Again, overly-humid and moist areas can harbor harmful bacteria. Pay special attention to this if you're using your humidifier on a carpet or rug, as these areas will absorb moisture and remain damp for extended periods of time.
- Be sure to thoroughly clean your humidifier at the end of the season, when you know you won't be using it again for an extended period of time.