For Your Health: Choosing Water for your Humidifier

March 28, 2019

You’ve heard of dehumidifiers that help clear particularly damp basements, but what about its opposite, the humidifier? There are several health benefits you can reap by setting up this little powerhouse in a popular room of your home, office or anywhere in-between. But not just any kind of water can do the trick. So, when in doubt, stick with Primo water for your humidifier needs.



Tap water or well water aren’t enough to make the humidifier cut. Both can contain heavy minerals, hydrocarbons and pesticides—all pollutants that can make breathing much tougher. Not to mention, it puts you and your family’s health at risk. You wouldn’t drink pesticides, so why breathe them in?


While filtered water is a good alternative, it still has the possibility of carrying those harmful components in the air. That risk grows higher if you don’t properly clean the humidifier’s reservoir. Nasty things like mold and bacteria could grow and spread throughout the room, causing long-term health problems. The EPA even admits that purified or distilled water is the safest and most effective resource for humidifiers, offering cleaner air and less buildup in the machine itself.


For the case of bottled water, we often don’t know where the water originates. At the same time, bottled water creates a lot of waste. In 2018, only 23% of single-serve plastic bottles were recycled by Americans. Take the hassle out of guessing and recycling with purified water in your humidifier.



Those with seasonal allergies that cause sinus headaches, itchy eyes or coughing can find relief by using a humidifier with purified water. The dryer the air, the more moisture that evaporates from your skin, eyes and respiratory system. Keeping a humidifier on while you sleep or wherever you spend most of your time can counteract these symptoms over time. But to ensure you’re getting the most out of it, fill it up with water that has been purified of heavy minerals, chemicals and other extraneous materials that can often upset allergies or those with sensitive respiratory systems.



Although there is a plethora of reasons to choose purified water for your health, an important reason to opt for cleaner water is for the sake of your humidifier. You can actually prolong its life by doing so! Impeller or ultrasonic types of humidifiers are particularly guilty of projecting minerals from tap or filtered water into the air, which causes scale buildup within the humidifier itself. Not only can these deposits cause frequent growth of bacteria, but it clogs up your humidifier, shortening its efficiency over time. So, choosing water that’s been purified of minerals and chemicals decreases its chance of experiencing scale buildup.



Luckily, Primo® water is a no-brainer when it comes to taking care of yourself and your humidifier. Not only is Primo the best choice for drinking water, but since it’s been through a Reverse Osmosis (RO) purification system, you can stop worrying about that crusty buildup in your humidifier or breathing in harmful bacteria or chemicals.


Absorbing better water in any way possible will have you waking up and feeling awesome—now, that’s what we call The Primo Effect. Check out where you can find Primo® water near you, and tell us in the comments below what other great ways you love to use Primo water!