Maybe it dawned on you one night while binging Netflix that you have yet to replace the filter on your humidifier… Or maybe you plan to purchase a humidifier and want to know the total cost of maintenance over time.
To function properly and effectively, a humidifier needs a regularly scheduled filter replacement. Replacing the filter on your humidifier is only required every 1 to 3 months, depending on how frequently you use your humidifier and what type of water you use in the water tank.
How Often Should You Change Your Humidifier Filter?
While most humidifier filters contain a unique coat that slows the production of mold, these filters are not mold proof. Unless your humidifier has a reusable, clean-it-yourself filter, you will need to replace your device filter on a regular basis.
How frequently you need to replace your humidifier filter is determined by how often you run your device and whether you use tap water or distilled water in the water tank.
How Often Do You Use Your Humidifier?
If you use your humidifier 1-2 times per week, you will need to replace your filter once every three months. If, on the other hand, you use your humidifier daily, you will need to replace your filter once every six weeks.
What Type of Water Do You Use?
Another factor that determines how frequently you should replace your humidifier filter is the type of water that you use in your device.
If you use distilled water or filtered water in your device, you can follow the timeline for filter replacement outlined in the last section. If you use tap water, especially if you live in an area with hard water, you will need to replace your filter once every month.
Tap water contains micro-fine minerals that can build up in your humidifier. When these minerals are dispersed into the air you will see a thin layer of mineral deposits known as “white dust” either on or near your device. Most humidifiers require distilled or filtered water to avoid the development of white dust, which is potentially harmful to allergy and asthma sufferers when inhaled.
If you are unsure whether the water from your tap is highly concentrated with minerals, there are several tap water testing kits available online. Tap Score is a New York Times approved tap water tester kit that gives a full mineral and toxicology panel on your water.
How to Replace a Canopy Filter
Our Canopy humidifier features a disposable, anti-microbial paper filter that catches bacteria, metals, and other particles that can be found in your tap water. Canopy filters are more effective than synthetic filters in both their wicking and evaporating capabilities.
Replacing your Canopy filter is simple! No need to set an appointment in Google calendars or ask Siri to set a reminder… When your Canopy filter is ready to be replaced, the filter light will illuminate reminding you to order a replacement.
If you like to streamline your task list, our filter subscription option is for you. Simply select “Canopy with Filter Subscription” at check-out for $25 off your purchase and an automatic shipment of a new filter every 45 days. It really doesn’t get any easier than that!