If Your Whole-House Humidifier Won’t Be Used This Summer, Shut It Down Correctly

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Whole-house humidifiers are designed to add moisture to the air, which is necessary in some homes during the winter, because dry air can detract from comfort and even cause wood furniture and fixtures to crack. During the summer, however, outdoor humidity tends to rise, and extra moisture is no longer needed. Maintaining a whole-house humidifier, whether you’re running it for a prolonged period or shutting it down for a season, is easy. If you’re not planning to use your whole-house humidifier for a while, here’s all you need to do:

1.    Identify the location of the “off” switch on the humidifier, or set it at the lowest setting available. The “off” switch is usually on the return-air plenum, above the humidifier. Another common location is near the thermostat.
2.    Refer to your owner’s  manual to see if your unit is equipped with a summer setting. If it is not, you should close the duct damper.
3.    Next, shut off the water supply to the humidifier. Follow the plastic or copper line running from the humidifier to the valve on your water tank. Turn the valve clockwise until it can go no further.
4.    Clean the filter, using soapy water and a rag or sponge. After it is clean, let it air dry. Then store it in a dry place until you plan to start using your humidifier again.
5.    Follow the instructions in your manual to clean the humidifier. If there are no instructions, use a half-and-half solution of white vinegar and water.

Another option is just calling your expert HVAC-system professionals and let them handle your humidifier maintenance. Have questions about any comfort system in your Fort Collins-area home? Contact Balance Point Heating and Cooling. We have been serving homeowners in this part of Colorado for more than 25 years.

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