Just like you service your furnace and air conditioner, humidifier maintenance should be part of your regular routine. Not carrying out this work can lead to problems down the road.
Humidifiers can save energy costs & increase comfort levels. Increased humidity can help with asthma/allergies. Dirty humidifiers on the other hand can worsen health symptoms & be a breeding ground for bacteria & mould. Here are some maintenance tips:
- For drum humidifiers – clean the distribution tray & filter frame with warm slightly soapy water & replace the evaporator pad.
- For bypass flow-through models – unevaporated water drains from the bottom of the unit to eliminate mineral build-up, making maintenance easier. Check the drain hose for blockages. Clean/install a new filter annually & rinse the removable tray every 6 months to prevent bacteria buildup.
- Check & repair humidifiers for any leaks.
- Close up / shut down units after use in the winter. Turn off the water supply to the unit, turn back humidistat and or turn off power supply.
With your humidifier maintenance completed, monitor the humidity levels in your home with a hygrometer (available from your local hardware store).