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By Jin
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#341996
So I recently bought a room humidifier that I am going to setup in my window sill to give just a little extra moisture to my neps. I know that I have to use distilled water when watering but, what about when using the humidifier? I am just thinking if I have to run it for a few hours on end every night that, it’s going to get expensive. I didn’t know if minerals from regular tap water would be put into the air and damage the plant or not.

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By Fieldofscreams
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#342019
I don't think it would help much.

I'm going to try it myself this winter anyways with warm air humidifier. I keep my neps in the house during the winter and grow outside in the summer. The furnace takes all the moisture out if the air so I need to humidify the house anyways. I'm going to put it directly under the plants. I doubt it will do much.
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By optique
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#342020
To answer the distilled water question. If it is just putting water vapor into the air, then no you do not have to use distilled water. But if it is misting water particles onto the plants then yes you do.

Liquid water holds minerals. Water vapor can not.
By Fieldofscreams
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#342021
I don't worry too much about TDS with my neps.

Last winter I watered them with tap water for 7 months and my tap water averages 140ppm. Didn't bother them one bit.
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By optique
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#342026
anything under 200 is fine for neps, but to be safe for humans water must be 500 or under a lot of tap water is at that upper range. walmart brand bottled water is 400+ but that is just fine for humans.
By twitcher
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#342041
Ultrasonic (cool mist) humidifiers do disperse water chemicals into the air. The most prevalent would be calcium (carbonate). That is the white dust you often see accumulating on things when you use the humidifier. There is a lot of air compared to a small amount of water, so I personally would only worry about what could accumulate in/on the plant, its soil and water tray.
By SundewWolf
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#342090
One thing I've noticed is that after a while of using tap water with humidifiers is that the minerals start to build up on the internal components which will break it in 2 or so years. I would go with filling it with distilled water, or at least something with a low TDS.
By Fieldofscreams
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#342091
I'm just going to to use my zero water filter water.

Man I love that thing.
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