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Humidifier (distilled vs. tap water)
#1
What are the effects of using distilled water? tap water?

My understanding is that tap water is full of chlorine, other chemicals, and bacteria....

I have recently read that the drinking distilled water on a regualr basis is dangerous and could cause adrenal fatigue because it aborbs minerals from the body (making short term use for detoxifying, but long term use dangerous)....

Anyone have knowledge or experience with use of water sources?Huhsign
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#2
Hi bluederby,
I use distilled water in my humidifier. You'll get a lot of opinions on the topic of which water is best to use and there are quite a few threads to look at here on the board about it.
Hang in there for more answers to your question.
trish6hundred
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(03-02-2015, 11:21 AM)bluederby Wrote: What are the effects of using distilled water? tap water?
My understanding is that tap water is full of chlorine, other chemicals, and bacteria....

Well, if it's full of chlorine it won't be full of bacteria, or at least live ones that can infect you. They chlorinate the water to kill the bugs, don't you know.

Any number of taste tests and chemical analysis have consistently shown that tap water in a typical town with a well run water system is better tasting than most bottled water. Bottled water, contrary to what advertising will tell you, often has bacteria in it.

Most towns don't use chlorine these days, but another less noticeable chemical or UV light, which can't effect the taste of the water.

And if your water does have chlorine in it simply let it sit uncovered for ten minutes and the chlorine will dissipate leaving the chlorine free water behind in the jug.



Ed Seedhouse
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I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.

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#4
If we are talking about Humidifiers, Distilled Water is best in my opinion. The quality of your drinking water is a function of where you live. I would not use drinking water for XPAP Humidifiers since the minerals have a tendency to build up. When traveling, I try to use bottle water, but it can have minerals as well. The best thing is to clean your humidifier regularly with a mild detergent and let it air dry. I think the concerns regarding drinking distilled water are a bit of Voodoo. Personally, a good water filter should make tap water safe to drink. If you are still worried, the EPA provides reports on drinking water quality in the US. http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/
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#5
There was a long thread on the past on this, but when I ran the search I couldn't find it (hey, it's a Monday).

I use distilled water and most of the time I just use the humidifier as a pass over and don't turn it on. When I do turn it on, I have it on the lowest setting. I can usually get distilled water for less than a buck. When I am on the road, I use bottled water, tap in a pinch. I haven't seen any buildup on my tank, but then I don't heat it.

Homer
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#6
Most potable water systems use chloramine in place of chlorine. In my domestic water the amount of chloramine left in the water after treatment is in the low parts per billion range. I think that is fairly typical of well run water supplies.

The dangers of drinking distilled water are somewhat vague and a way worst case scenario. One would have to drink nothing but distilled water. The "danger" is that distillation removes minerals that your body needs and generally one does not get enough of them from other sources. So the scenario is if you drink nothing but distilled water and you do not get enough minerals from other sources you might suffer from the effects of depletion of certain minerals. It is not something that I worry too much about but on the other hand I do not normally drink distilled water even though my CPAP humidifier does.

Best Regards,

PaytonA
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(03-02-2015, 12:50 PM)Homerec130 Wrote: I use distilled water and most of the time I just use the humidifier as a pass over and don't turn it on.

I use distilled water too, though in my city it probably isn't necessary. I'm on the West (wet) coast and the source of City water is lakes filled by torrential rain in the nearby low mountain ranges. Consequently it is quite "soft", with few dissolved minerals.

Cities in the interior of continents typically have "hard" water from rivers or river fed lakes, with lots of dissolved minerals. If you are in such a place you should definitely use distilled water, I think.

Paradoxically, "hard" water is actually better tasting and, studies suggest, healthier than the "soft" water found in my area.

Distilled water is cheap so I pick up a bottle every couple of weeks and use it anyway so as not to give ResMed any excuses to void my warranty.

Bottled water often has lots of minerals dissolved in it. It's healthier and tastes better, too, but it will tend to gum up your humidifier.

Ed Seedhouse
VA7SDH

The above is my opinion.  It is just possible that I may, occasionally, be mistaken.

I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.

Everything put together sooner or later falls apart.
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#8
I use distilled water in my humidifier, but I would never drink it.
Only drink bottled water or tap water. Coffee
OpalRose
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(03-02-2015, 02:44 PM)OpalRose Wrote: I use distilled water in my humidifier, but I would never drink it.
Only drink bottled water or tap water. Coffee
OpalRose

Distilled water doesn't taste very good - very bland because of the absence of dissolved minerals.

But I know of no reason at all why it would be dangerous or undrinkable.

If that's your particular taste I see no reason not to indulge it.
Ed Seedhouse
VA7SDH

The above is my opinion.  It is just possible that I may, occasionally, be mistaken.

I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.

Everything put together sooner or later falls apart.
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#10
I only use distilled water in my humidifier. No water spots and no buildup. Plus it's what the manual calls for.
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