Maintaining the proper humidity level in your home will help keep you and your family healthy and comfortable. It also helps protect home furnishings and wood floors by preventing them from drying out. Using humidifiers is an excellent way to eliminate dry air, but like any other home appliance, they require regular maintenance and cleaning. We have compiled some handy tips to keep your humidifiers clean and running smoothly: Every day you should empty the tank, wipe down all the surfaces, and refill it with fresh water. Using soft water, or water with fewer minerals will help reduce the buildup of scale and deposits. If you want to use a disinfectant, read the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure it is compatible with the equipment. Do not overuse your humidifier; excess moisture can also be a problem. If you see condensation on windows or walls, change the setting on your humidifier. Keep areas around humidifiers dry. Dampness on carpets, curtains, or walls can both cause damage and impact air quality. At the end of the season, thoroughly clean and dry all parts of the humidifier before you store it. One of the reasons it is so important to keep humidifiers clean is that although they help add moisture to dry air, excess humidity and damp surfaces can create an environment where mold, bacteria, and fungus like to grow. This can negatively impact your indoor air quality and respiratory health, so make sure you maintain your equipment properly. Whole-house humidifiers do not have the same problems with mold and mildew as portable units. They are also much easier to maintain since they do not need to be cleaned daily or refilled. They do not use a water reservoir, so there is no stagnant water for bacteria and other particles to grow and be released into the air. They also fit right into your existing home-comfort system and provide silent humidification throughout your entire house. If you would like to learn more about maintaining proper humidity levels in your home, call the professionals at Pipe Works Services today. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.