Ultrasonic Salinizer – Saltair / Home Salt Therapy – Frequently Asked Questions
How does the ultrasonic salinizer Saltair work?
Can the ultrasonic salinizer be compared with a humidifier / humidifying rate?
How ultrasonic salinizer differs from the Salin Plus device?
How many square feet will it covers?
Does Saltair need special care?
Will the saline solution build up mold or fungi?
Is it quiet?
What is its size?
Does it do negative ionization?
Will Saltair device interact with other medication or low-salt diet?
Will other air cleaners remove the salt particles that Saltair places in the indoor air?
How salt therapy helps to improve sleep?
Is Saltair device recommended also for healthy people?
Can the Salt Pipe inhaler be used in place of the Saltair device or would I need both?
How Saltair device helps in snoring?
Is Saltair device safe in infants and small children?
How it helps in ear infection?
How long does it take to notice a difference?
Are there any special specification?
Can pets benefit of salt therapy?
Why are there negative reviews for Saltair on Amazon?
Q: How does Saltair device work?
A: Saltair device is an ultrasonic salinizer that releases microscopic particles of salt into the indoor air for long time inhalation. The breathable salt particles, under 5 microns with the majority under 1 micron, are able to penetrate deep into your lung and clean, humidify, reduce inflammation and widen the entire airways. Natural rock salt has mucokinetic (fluidizes the mucus), anti inflammatory (absorbs edema from the mucosa lining the airways), anti bacterial (kills bacteria) and hydrophilic properties (absorbs edema and humidifies the airways).
Q: Can the ultrasonic salinizer be compared with a humidifier / humidifying rate?
A: Absolutely no! The ultrasonic salinizer Saltair is especially designed and calibrated to deliver a safe amount and specific size of microscopic salt particles. The device will not increase the humidity in the air. Attention: Never add salt in a regular humidifier as some people may think can do! We guarantee you would not be happy with the results and it is dangerous for respiratory sufferers! Read Salinizer tips for best results!
Q: How ultrasonic salinizer Saltair differs from the Salin Plus device?
A: Both devices place microscopic salt particles, majority under 2 microns, into the indoor air, for breathing. While Salin is using dry salt filter, the ultrasonic salinizer Saltair uses saline solution to create the salt aerosol. With Saltair device, the quantity of salt particles generated every night, is constantly the same and can be easily adjusted and controlled by increasing the saline solution concentration. With a dry salt filter, as in Salin Plus, the quantity of salt particles decrease in time, with the maxiumum quantity in the first week and a filter replacement would be needed every 3-4 months, or sooner.
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Q: How many square feet it covers?
A: One device is adequate for the treatment of max. 45-50 cubic meters room (about 1700 cubic foot). However, it is recommended to use it close to your bed while sleeping, and direct the gently air stream towards you.
Q: Does Saltair device need special care?
A: The device comprises of two parts: the base and the water tank (the translucent green part). The base needs regular maintenance every 1-2 months by gently cleaning the ultrasonic cell with the provided cleaning solution, to avoid calcular deposits due to the minerals found in the natural rock salt, taking care that the saline solution will not enter inside of the base (please read the Instructional Manual).
The water tank holds the saline solution that should be refilled and gently cleaned with tap water every 7-8 days. To clean the interior of the water tank from calcular deposits – let it soak in water with double strength cleaning vinegar (1 to 10 parts water); empty half and shake it well; you can add a little dish detergent as well.
Q: Will the saline solution build up bacteria, mold or fungi?
A: No! The saline solution will not build any bacteria, fungi or mold due to the specific bactericide and fungicide properties of salt. However we advice to clean the device as above and change the saline solution every 7 days.
Cystic fibrosis suferrers have special concern about bacterial growth and in this case the cleaning process and refill with saline solution can be done more often, every 2-3 days. The water tank can be desinfected each time and let it soak in water with double strength cleaning vinegar (1 to 10 parts water) for about an hour.
Q: Is it quiet?
A: The device is almost noise free. You barely can hear that it is working.
Q: What is its size?
A: 200 x 180 x 90 mm ( ~8 x 7 x 3.5 inches) and weights maximum 0.55 kg or 1.2 lb.
Q: Does it do negative ionization?
A: The dry sodium chloride (salt) aerosol has a considerable level of negatively charged particles and this is leading to a negative ionization of the air surrounding the salt ions. Also, the inner surfaces of airways have a slight positive charge. Negatively charged particles of salt aerosol move in the lumen of respiratory tract and settle more intensively compared to neutral particles. In addition, the negative charge increases aerosol stability.
Q: Will Saltair device interact with other medication or low-salt diet?
A: No! The device can be a complementary or stand alone (alternative) treatment and does not interact with any classical treatment. The quantity of the salt aerosol is comparable with the ocean or seaside aerosol and will not affect a low-salt diet. The salt micro particles reach the epithelium surface of the respiratory system and are eliminated with the mucus.
Q: Will the other air cleaners remove the salt particles that Saltair device places in the indoor air?
A: Even if the majority of salt micro particles are under 2 micron, some filters as HEPA can remove the salt micro-particles from air. However, the device is recommended to be used close to your bed, during the night sleep, and direct the air to come towards you. This way you will still benefit from the salty air coming from the unit. You can also place the air cleaner on the other side of the room or on hallway.
Q: How Saltair device helps in a better sleep?
A: Many people have noticed that they sleep better when using our Saltair – home salt therapy device. This is because the salt aerosol helps in cleaning and widening the airways, leading to easier breathing and better blood oxygenation. Salt ions have been found having good effects over the nervous system as well.
Q: Is Saltair device recommended in healthy people as well?
A: Yes! Because of its general healthy and hygiene effects, the Saltair device is recommended not only for people suffering from respiratory problems, but also for healthy people to increase their respiratory immunity.
Saltair device affects the flow of secretions of the respiratory passages and strengthens the vibrations of cilia, allowing the secretions to be removed quickly and clear the respiratory passages. This will bring an easier and comfortable breathing pattern. It also helps in clearing the nasal passages, diminishes the snoring and obtain a more relaxed and therapeutic sleep.
Q: Can the Salt Pipe inhaler be used in place of the Saltair device or would I need both?
A: Depending on your condition, you may need one or both of them. In chronic respiratory diseases long-term exposure is necessary and the Saltair device is highly recommended during night sleep. Salt Pipe inhaler can be used during the day when driving, or when outside of your home. They are complementary products and can be used together to maximize the exposure to the salt therapy. In chronic respiratory disease you need at least 7-8 hours daily exposure, for lasting results. Read more about salt therapy avenues.
Q: How Saltair device helps in snoring?
A: Many people have noticed that their partners do not snore as loud as before using salt therapy or they stop snoring. The salt ions reduce the oro-pharyngeal and soft palate edema, often met with snoring, resulting in improvement and diminishing of snoring. The salt aerosol also clears the mucus and unclog blockages that also cause snoring.
Q: Is the device safe in infants and small children?
A: Yes! It is very safe! Fighting with flu and colds in infants and small children could give you a hard time. Babies under 4 months old can only breathe through their noses, so when they get congested it is hard for them to nurse. Using a Saltair device will help a stuffy nose infant breathe easier. Salt particles will help in opening and clearing the airways and get rid of stuffy nose and wake-ups during the night. Regular use will increase the respiratory immunity and you will notice that your child does not get a cold as often as before using home salt therapy.
Q: How it helps in ear infection?
A: In infants and small children, ear infection can appear very often. To help them to get better sooner and reduce the rate of recurrence, you should place their bed under an angle (head higher than feet while lying) and place the salt machine close to the bed with the air stream towards them. The salt aerosol helps with the edema of the Eustachian tube, leading to widening of the airway passages and better drainage of the inflammatory secretions & better aeration behind the tympanic membrane (drum). Salt is bactericide and bacteriostatic and will help in killing bacteria and stop infection.
Q: How long does it take to notice a difference?
A: This is depending how your body reacts, your age and stage of your respiratory disease but you should notice soon the fresh and easy breathing air. At the same time, it is likely that there will be other noticeable and beneficial effects such as a reduction or cessation in the use of asthma inhalers. Any current medical problems, however must be given special attention and consult with your doctor. Some people will notice results right after first night of use and others may need longer time, 2-3 or more weeks. In allergies may be required even months if the allergen triggers are present. For many snorers it was noticed that they do not snore as loud as before or they stopped snoring.
All natural therapies take time and perseverance but with aerosol salt therapy many people got impressive results. The improvements may set slowly in some cases, especially in not severe conditions, and may notice a difference only when stopping using the device for 1-2 weeks. For lasting results, especially in chronic conditions, continuous use is necessary. The longer exposure, the better results!
Q: Are there any special specification?
A: Sometimes, in the first period of utilization, it is possible an accentuation of the coughing phenomenon, especially with larger than recommended dose of salt in the saline solution. The fluidization of the secretion in the respiratory system leads to too quick elimination. Coughing has an important part in this mechanism. If the coughing strokes give you too much trouble you can adjust the quantity of salt into the saline solution by making a new one using less salt. REMEMBER that coughing, in this case, is not something to alarm for, unless it is too intense. When you use our recommended quantity of salt is less probable to have intense coughing. You should then decrease the quantity of salt you used and slowly increase it, only if necessary, in time, as your body gets accustomed with the salt therapy.
Q: Can pets benefit of salt therapy?
A: Yes! Thinking now about pets, they are part of our life, day and night, including their problems. A dog or cat snoring problem or their asthma-allergy pattern is very much the same as ours and looking for a solution is not a problem anymore! Salt therapy by Saltair can easily be used for pets.
Q: Why are there negative reviews for Saltair on Amazon?
A: We need to explain that the Amazon negative reviews are due to the fact that, Amazon, being an e-commerce platform, people are easily purchasing products without a prior research about how salt therapy works. On Amazon store, the information about the product is minimal and to proper understand the therapy, more research is needed from purchaser. As a result, some Amazon purchasers do not properly understand how home salt therapy works, and they expect seeing mist coming out of the Saltair unit. Saltair device is not a humidifier and you will not be able to see mist coming out from the unit. This does not mean the device is not effective! Most of the negative reviews talk about being too small and not delivering enough aerosol. Saltair is a Medical Device Class I in Canada and Europe with excellent results, for many years now! Saltair releases only microscopic particles of salt, under 2 microns, into the indoor air for long-term breathing. These salt particles are very tiny and you are not able to see them; they need to be so tiny in order to penetrate deep into the lungs, to alveoli. The output quantity was established after extensive medical and scientific trials and it is finely adjusted for maximum benefit, in home use and long-term exposure. Increasing this quantity will put at risk patients with certain medical condition and will result in unwanted salt deposits inside the room. Trust our expertise that Saltair unit is calibrated for best results and safely use at home! Never add salt in a regular humidifier as some people may think can do!