Don’t Forget Humidifier Maintenance
Humidifier maintenance is just as important as maintenance on your furnace, regular filter changes and annual HVAC inspections. A furnace humidifier or a whole house humidifier is a life saver for many of our best customers. Though not every forced air system includes one, for those complaining that air is too dry, a humidifier is the answer. Still, humidity between 30% and 50% is recommended for most homes and setting your humidifier too high can create serious health and structural problems.
As with any other system in your home, humidifier maintenance is a rather simple series of steps that need to be followed. A whole house humidifier is no more complicated than the other parts of your heating or air conditioning units.
Both a furnace humidifier or a more advanced whole house humidifier need to be cleaned annually.
Hard water or rust can wreak havoc on humidifiers and you’ll want to carefully follow the manufacturers instructions to do a thorough job. Remember, hard water deposits can usually be cleaned with vinegar and distilled water is preferred when it is available. Ironically, most dehumidifiers work as distillers so using this water in your whole house humidifier or furnace humidifier instead of hard water or tap water is preferable.
A water tank or reservoir should be drained and cleaned at least two times per year. You may want to add an antibacterial solution to eliminate any bacteria from the water, and potentially, from the air, too.
Humidifier maintenance normally includes a filter or pad change, and depending on the make and model of your whole house humidifier or furnace humidifier this can be another simple step. Some models will simply require that you rinse and clean the humidifier filter. A furnace humidifier turning a drum will need to be cleaned slightly more frequently. But again, check the manufacturers directions for exact humidifier maintenance instructions.
The difficulty and complexity if your humidifier maintenance can depend in large measure on the “hardness” or mineral content of the water you’re feeding into the system. Hard water will usually present some more problems, but remember, hard water can become system safe distilled water relatively easily with much the same technology that you’re already running. Getting the two systems to work together will save you not only on humidifier maintenance, but on home health and headaches too.