The heating months are here — which means dry indoor air. Keeping the parts of your whole-house humidifier clean according to the manufacturer’s recommendations is very important for your health, your comfort, and efficient humidifier operation. Mineral deposits can build up on the interior parts of the humidifier: the filter, panel, vent, float, and fan. This promotes the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria, which can irritate respiratory problems, decrease efficiency and comfort levels and increase energy costs.

To prepare your whole-house humidifier for the heating season, all you need is a little time, a few cleaning tools, and some easy-to-follow instructions:

Find a few clean clothes, and a toothbrush, and prepare a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water.

Turn off the water supply, unplug the humidifier and disconnect the electrical supply to the heating source, ensuring that the entire humidification and heating systems are disabled.

Remove the housing from the media panel and wash any mineral deposits from the housing with the 50/50 solution. Use the toothbrush for tough buildup.

Replace the water panel.

Inspect the drain hose and water line for blockage or buildup.

Pour the 50/50 solution through the hose to clean it.

Carefully wipe the fan blades of dust and debris.

Wipe the intake vent.

Dry all parts.

Reconnect the housing and reattach all parts of the system.

Finally, plug in the humidifier, turn on the electrical supply to the heating source and turn on the water supply.

Set the humidistat to the appropriate setting.

After the heating season is over, repeat these cleaning steps. Cleaning your whole-house humidifier will keep it running smoothly and efficiently for greater comfort, better health, and energy savings. For any questions about your whole-house humidifier or other energy-saving tips for the heating months, contact a heating and cooling professional at Pipe Works Services Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whole house humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas.

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