A whole-house or central humidifier is a great investment, especially if you live in a climate that has cold winters. Dry winter air can cause respiratory problems because it has less moisture than warm air. Once the weather begins to warm up, however, it’s very important to turn off your humidifier. Unfortunately, this is something many homeowners tend to forget. In today’s post, AC replacement company Cool Zone Air Conditioning & Heating explains why you should turn off your humidifier in the summer and gives quick step-by-step instructions on how to do it.
Why You Should Turn Off Your Humidifier in the Summer
A central humidifier’s purpose is to add moisture to the air. Air conditioning units, on the other hand, are designed to dehumidify the air since it tends to be much more humid in the summer. Do you see the problem?
Any AC maintenance company will be quick to point out that running your humidifier at the same time as your air conditioning unit will make it work that much harder, causing your electric bills to skyrocket or even shortening your unit’s service life.
How to Turn Off Your Central Humidifier
Turn the humidistat on your unit to the off position. The humidistat is typically located right above the humidifier on the return air plenum.
Next, you’ll want to turn the bypass duct damper on the humidifier to the SUMMER setting or turn it off completely, depending on the model that you have. If your humidifier doesn’t have this function, you can simply skip it.
Turn off the water supply. Now that your humidifier is off, it’s a good idea to give it a good cleaning and replace its water panel.
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