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Turn Off Your Humidifier in Summer!

air quality products: Bryant steam humidifierAs the warm weather arrives and you switch your HVAC system from heating to cooling, it’s crucial to remember an often-overlooked component: your whole-home humidifier.

Why turn it off? In the summer, the air naturally carries more moisture. Running your humidifier can make your home feel uncomfortably muggy and even contribute to mold growth. It can also put an unnecessary strain on your air conditioner.

How to Turn Off Your Humidifier for Summer

Here’s a quick guide on how to properly prepare your humidifier for the summer season:

  1. Locate the Humidifier: Typically, it is attached to your furnace or the main ductwork of your HVAC system.
  2. Turn Off the Water Supply: Find the water line leading to your unit (usually a tiny copper or plastic tube). Trace it back to a shut-off valve and turn it clockwise until it is completely closed.
  3. Adjust the Humidifier Control (Humidistat): This control, often found on the humidifier itself or nearby on the ductwork, lets you set the desired humidity level. Turn it to the “Off” position or the lowest setting.
  4. Check for a Bypass Damper: Some units have a bypass damper that directs airflow through the unit when it’s running. If your system has one, locate it (usually nearby) and close it to prevent air from flowing through. It might be a lever or knob that you turn to the “Summer” position.

*Important Note: If you’re unsure about any of these steps or your model is different, always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or contact a qualified HVAC technician for assistance.

Extra Tips for Humidifier Maintenance:

Clean the Humidifier: Turn off the water supply and clean the unit thoroughly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for removing mineral buildup and other debris.

Check the Filter: If your unit has a filter, replace it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

By taking these simple steps, you’ll ensure your home stays comfortable, prevent potential issues with your HVAC system, and extend the lifespan of your unit.

Contact Hoosier Indoor Air!

Do you have any more questions about your humidifier or other HVAC concerns? Feel free to contact Hoosier Indoor Air! We’re always here to help the good folks of McCordsville and beyond maintain a healthy and comfortable home environment!

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