Question about Vicks V5100N Humidifier
I got this humidifier because of the filter and because it said it won't produce white dust- it produces enough white dust to cover the entire top floor of my house... why is that??? I want to throw the thing out and go buy a cheap one- but really don't want to spend the money right now... what can I do??? and why is it producing so much dust??
Your V5100N ultrasonic humidifier generates a fine mist by vibrating the water at an exremely high speed. The water doesn't actually evaporate until after the water mist is in the air. As the tiny water droplets evaporate in the air, the calcium and other minerals settle on your floors and furniture.
Humidifiers that evaporate the water in a filter wick, or with heat, do not generate dust because the water evaporates inside the unit and the calcium is trapped inside.
You can avoid the dust problem with your humidifier by using distilled water. Distilled water is available in most stores that sell bottled water in gallons...but be sure to choose "distilled" water, not "purified" water. Try the distilled water in your steam iron also...if you have one. It will last longer.
Posted on Feb 29, 2008
I have a similar situation. But this only started after I began using the (cool mist) humidifier during this winter season with tap water. I have used the same humidifier before but w/distilled water, and there was never any white dust as a result. I guess it is the mineral content in the tap water that is causing this. I will try a new filter. If that does not work, then I have to go back to using distilled h2o. However, the distilled water left a red/orange residue in the base of the tank. I don't know which is worse. Good news is the winter is almost over, won't be needing the humidifier much longer.
Posted on Mar 08, 2010
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