If you're like most people, you probably bought your last portable humidifier and installed it without even cracking the plastic on the manual. This is because many people think that simply because they've set up the product before, they can get their new model to work. This notion is often true, but it can leave the humidifier operating at less than peak efficiency.
For example, nearly every manual I've come across has directions for proper installation, which are given to ensure that the model functions to the best of its ability. By neglecting to take some of these steps during the installation process, homeowners could be experiencing a lower level of air quality than their current model is capable of attaining.
All humidifiers need to be given a clearance space, which allows them to properly take in air. My humidifier advises for at least 12 to 18 inches of space to be given. However, I've seen many friends and relatives back their portable humidifiers into tight corners where dirt and dust can collect and hamper the machine.
In addition, most manuals tell users to not store gasoline or other potentially flammable liquids near the machine, and to avoid starting or stopping the machine by using only its power plug. The latter method could cause a perfectly functioning humidifier to experience sudden problems.
Most manuals also indicate how power plugs should be treated. For instance, many don't recommend that you use an adaptor plug or extension cord to power the machine. Also, manuals indicate that humidifiers shouldn't be in use if their power cord has been compromised.
This is because a faulty cord could cause a fire in extreme circumstances. As a result, if you haven't take any of these steps into consideration, you may want to take some time to reevaluate whether your machine needs to be set up differently.