Four Weird Uses of Vaporizers

Vaporizers are often associated with colds and babies. Although they are very effective against fighting off colds they have other uses as well.

This article discusses four uses of vaporizers which do not fit into the baby plus colds genre. Read on to find out more, you may be surprised at the ways other people use their vaporizers.

Treat Ear Infection

Believe it or not vaporizers can be used to treat ear infections. A lot of ear infections are caused by the ear canals drying up too much. What’s even weirder is that germs that cause colds can pass through the ears. And vaporizers do a good job of killing them too.

Treat Bronchitis

Bronchitis might seem like a very serious disease but a lot of people suffer from it with varying levels of intensity. Inhaling medicated menthol and eucalyptus has been reported to do wonders for a lot of patients who suffer from chronic bronchitis.

Treat Dogs

Most of us never stop to think that our dogs are exposed to as much germs as we are. Most of us never bother to think about respiratory problems which are dog may contract. When was the last time you heard a puppy owner say their pets had “kennel cough?”

If you have heard about that then you probably know more about dogs than the average person. And if you knew that vaporizers are often used to treat diseases such as these in dogs you are most likely a breeder or a vet!

Help Stop Smoking

People who want to stop smoking miss the aroma of their favorite stick. Very often smokers who are not presently smoking will chew or suck on a candy that is menthol or mint flavored.

Vaporizers offering the same aroma can alleviate the temptation to reach out for another cigarette. A lot of ex-smokers have a vaporizer or two at home giving out these soothing aromas that do not cause cancer.

Vaporizers are a versatile appliance. These are only some ways to use them out of your nursery and child’s room. Don’t hesitate to use one of the mentioned methods above to make better use of your very own vaporizer.

Tips to Vapor Steam Cleaning

images-5Are you looking for a way to clean that involves less elbow grease? Are you looking for a healthier way to clean? Have you considered switching to vapor steam cleaning? Vapor steam cleaning is a unique cleaning method that uses high temperature (240 to 280 degrees), water vapor, and pressure to clean, sanitize and deodorize in one easy operation. Although these systems have been around since the 1970s, the early models were expensive and cumbersome. Models of steam vapor machines on the market today are lighter, easier to use, and affordable.

How does the cleaning process work? Steam vapor machines heat tap water to an extremely high temperature so the water forms a fine, dry mist. There is no need to use chemicals in the cleaning process – the heat actually does the cleaning for you. The water is placed in a sealed boiler and heated until it gets to the right temperature. This usually takes about 25 minutes until the system is ready to use.

It is the dry steam that dislodges soil and stains. The high temperature softens grease and oils that make soil stick to surfaces. The steam also gets into those hard to clean areas – sliding door tracks, window sills, and the nooks and crannies that can be difficult to clean. Once the pressure of the steam dislodges soil, grease and debris, it is wiped or vacuumed away. The surface is left not only clean, but sanitized. The high temperatures used in the cleaning process not only cleans, but also kill germs and bacteria.

Vapor steam systems use as little as 1 – 1 ½ quarts of water per hour. This is because the vapor is created at a high temperature with very low moisture content. The vapor contains only 5 or 6% water, so there is less mess and surfaces dry quickly, usually in 15 minutes. Safety concerns of using steam are slight, as the temperature of the steam drops dramatically as it leaves the machine and merges with the surrounding air.

The overall benefits of using a vapor cleaning system include:

* Equipment is easy to use and has great accessibility. Steam vapor units can reach into those small spaces and corners that traditional cleaning methods have a hard time reaching.

*As no chemicals are used, there is a benefit to indoor air quality. In addition, it reduces the risks and hazards that come with chemical use, and there is no chemical residue left after the cleaning process.

* Vapor systems are great for carpet spot removal.

* Vapor cleaning kills mold spores in bathrooms and kitchens.

* Because vapor cleaning uses only water, there is no chemical residue left behind after cleaning.

* Less physical effort is needed, meaning less burnout by your employees.

Advanced Vapor Technologies, which makes several models of steam vapor cleaning systems, recently worked with the cleaning staff at the University of Washington. One of the daunting tasks that staff has is to clean a 123,312 square foot library, which is open 24 hours a day. Technical specialists from Advanced Vapor Technologies trained custodial workers on the use of their Mondo Vap 2400 steam vapor cleaning system. They conducted a six-week test to determine the effectiveness of the equipment.

The equipment was well received by the staff who noted that the extension handle made cleaning hard-to-reach areas – such as behind toilets and urinals – much easier. Using the equipment took no more time than the traditional methods of cleaning and there was a higher degree of cleanliness and reduced drying time. The risk of cross contamination was also minimized since no dirty mop water or mops were used throughout the restrooms. If cleaning staff faced tough soils, they pretreated with a non-VOC solution before using the steam vapor system. This process proved to be more efficient than either steam or chemicals used alone.

You can use the machines to clean floors, walls, ceilings, windows, carpet, kitchens, bathrooms, blinds, glass, and upholstery. Because of the heat of the steam, the systems are not practical for surfaces that are heat sensitive – such as silks, some thin plastics, and some types of velour upholstery.

Steam vapor systems are available for both residential and commercial use. Residential systems start out with a price tag of around $400. Commercial systems run from $1600 to $3200.

Although steam vapor systems have been around for many years, the first models were cumbersome, expensive and ineffective. Models that have been introduced in the last couple of years are efficient, compact, easy to use, and affordable. With the continued interest in green cleaning, the investment in a steam vapor system is one way to decrease the use of chemicals while still ensuring that you have a high degree of cleanliness. New technologies can be tough to incorporate into your existing cleaning protocol, but a steam vapor cleaning system can be an easy and profitable adjustment for your cleaning company.

Vaporizer Heating Elements

Anyone who has taken two seconds to survey the breadth of the vaporizer market quickly notices that various brands tout their heating element as “the best available” while pointing out health risks associated with their competitors’ models. Evaluating all these (sometimes conflicting) statements can be quite a task. The purpose of this article is not to endorse a specific type of heating element, but instead to gather the available information about heating elements in one place to aid people in making informed decisions when buying a vaporizer.

Why Do Heating Elements Matter? The heating element is the most integral part of any vaporizer. It regulates the temperature of the air that catalyzes the active ingredients as the air passes through it. A note: the air passing through the heating element may be either propelled by a pump in balloon-style models i.e. the Volcano Vaporizer or by one’s own in direct-inhalation style vaporizers i.e. the VaporCannon. Some models, such as the herbalAire, are capable of both balloon and direct-inhale style vaporization. A primary requirement for all heating elements is precision – you want your vaporizer to actually be at the temperature you set – but health considerations may also play when people shop for vaporizers.

Types of Heating Elements:

#1: Ceramic

Ceramic heating elements are the most commonly type of heating elements. Their proponents argue that they are the cleanest and therefore healthiest option. This statement holds some truth: ceramics can withstand very high temperatures (about 3000*F) before the material starts to transform to a gas and are therefore very clean and healthy. Some companies take this logic a step further and argue that since other types of heating elements have lower “boiling points” they are dirtier and less healthy. This argument is somewhat flawed: while other heating elements have lower boiling points, these points are usually still well in excess of typical vaporizing temperatures. Read about the specific types below for more info.

Another important consideration when evaluation vaporizers with ceramic heating elements is the quality of the ceramic unit because the term “ceramic” is used to describe types of elements that are quite different in design. This is due to the fact that “ceramic” merely refers to whether or not the unit incorporates some ceramic into the heating element’s design, it does not mean that the air only touches ceramic material. This makes buying vaporizers with ceramic heating elements difficult unless one knows the specifics of the designs used by each manufacturer. As a general rule of thumb cheaper vaporizers are more likely to have exposed low-quality wire or solder within the heating element’s ceramic structure that can emit toxins. So steer clear of that digi vape if you want quality vapor. While the only definitive test is to take an element completely apart to see how it is constructed, some manufacturers will address these questions if you contact them. The manufacturers of the low quality models will dodge them.

Low quality ceramic elements reflect poorly on all ceramic heating elements, which is unfortunate because a well-designed ceramic element is very clean. Top of the line ceramic heating elements are very precise too, although precision is also a function of the circuitry and computer chip technology used with the heating element.

Examples of vaporizers with good ceramic heating elements: VaporBrothers, Phedor and Hotbox

#2: Aluminum

Some of the best vaporizers on the market use aluminum heating elements. Manufacturers say that aluminum is more precise than ceramic elements because it responds faster the temperature changes:

“One reason the Volcano maintains such perfect temperature control is because it uses an aluminum element and block, and aluminum has different properties than potential practical designs using ceramics. An aluminum element and block can more rapidly adjust for effects of air pressure and flow over plant material…the key to vaporization is maintaining control over temperature and flow, which ultimately leads to more perfect control over vapor density.”

Critics of vaporizers with aluminum heating elements cite health risks associated with exposure to aluminum, namely an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. It is important to note two things here. The first is from the Storz & Bickel FAQ page:

“Q. Does the aluminum heating block emit any substances which are subsequently inhaled by the user?

A. No. the top temperature reached in the heating block 240°C (464°F) is by far below the temperature that is needed to emit any substances out of the aluminum alloy AlMgSi, melting point 660°C (1220°F); boiling point 2519°C (4566°F) used by us. This is documented by an analysis of the air produced by the Volcano on top temperature made by the University of Leiden, Netherlands.”

So a well designed aluminum heating elements seem to be quite clean.

As for the increased risk of Alzheimer’s: it’s hard to be certain whether something does or does not play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s because the illness itself is not completely understood, but aluminum does not appear to significantly increase a person’s susceptibility. These articles from Scientific American and Alzheimer’s.org discuss this conclusion in depth.

Examples of vaporizers with good aluminum heating elements: Volcano, herbalaire

#3: Glass

Glass is basically the same as ceramic when it comes to heating elements. Only one vaporizer with an all-glass heating element is currently available: the Vapolution Vaporizer.

Water Vapor Affects A Building Structure

Water Vapor (“WV”) can have harmful effects on buildings and structures and can damage buildings in the form of dry rot, corrosion, and mold growth. In recent years, scientific studies have been conducted on how it affects structures and what can be done to make structures more resistant to its effects.

What is Water Vapor And What Are Its Effects?

WV is the gaseous form of water in the air that creates condensation in the exterior and interior of buildings and can pass through walls or is spread by air currents. Materials can be either porous or non-porous to water vapor. Porous materials include wood, insulation, and other building masonry materials that readily absorb WV and once overloaded, create liquid and condensation. This creates a perfect storm of conditions for rot and mold.

Where Does Water Vapor Occur?

  • How Does It Get In?
  • Vapor Drive
  • Perm rating

Condensation can be found in walls, roof cavities, and the interior windows of structures. In general, the most common places condensation develops are within the wall, under wallpaper, the ceiling, and around window areas. Outside, condensation can build up on the roof and the exterior walls of a building. The most common way water vapor gets in is by air leaks found on a structure, such as wall openings but it can also be spread by mechanical means like air conditioning units. Also, the more humid the climate you live in, the more water is found in a home or building. Diffusion is another method WV creates condensation. Diffusion happens when water molecules move from a high moisture level to a low moisture level.

When WV passes through a fixed surface like a wall, the force of the water molecules is called the vapor drive. The greater the concentration of water molecules and the more extreme temperature difference, the greater the vapor drive. Vapor drive causes condensation to occur on cool surfaces. Each part of a building and its materials will have a different resistance to vapor drive. This is called a perm rating.

How To Keep Water Vapor At Bay

Perm is short for permanence and it uses such factors, as permeability and thickness of materials, for resistance to vapor drive.

  • Perm Ratings
  • Air Barrier And Vapor Barrier Explained
  • Types Of Air Barriers
  • Types Of Vapor Barriers

A Perm Rating of a Class I vapor material stops WV while Class III is considered permeable to water. Since WV is transported by air and vapor diffusion, there are two methods to stop water vapor.

Air barriers protect buildings from moisture transported by air while vapor barriers stop water vapor from vapor diffusion. Air barriers come in different forms and shapes and enclose and seal all six sides of a structure to protect it and control air leaks. They can range from spray-on foam to flexible wraps. They are usually placed in the exterior side of a building because it allows for an easy set-up and less complications. However, air barrier should always be placed where there are high amounts of water vapor in the building. That is because wetness from diffusion is highest in those areas as it moves to a lower moisture levels. Vapor barriers are usually installed and restrict water diffusion through the building. Examples of vapor barriers include membranes, coatings, and foam insulation.