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Healthy Homes: Humidifer Maintenance

As the cold weather approaches, the air in our homes naturally becomes dryer and that can cause breathing problems, dry itchy skin and even damage to the woodwork in our homes. (WEYI & WSMH)

This Healthy Home report is sponsored by Holland Heating and Cooling.

As the cold weather approaches, the air in our homes naturally becomes dryer and that can cause breathing problems, dry itchy skin and even damage to the woodwork in our homes. HH expert Jeff Lee shows us how to maintain our humidifiers so you can stay much more comfortable this heating season.

Many of you have either portable humidifiers or ones like this one attached to your furnace. This is a whole house humidifier and does require a little maintenance once a year so you can keep your home more comfortable and your heat turned down a little lower.

This type of humidifier is piped into your homes water lines and it feeds itself so you don’t ever need to fill it. The water runs across a filter pad inside and as the furnace runs, the warm air blows across the pad and brings the humidity up into your home.

After a while, depending on the hardness and content of your water, these pads will acquire sediment, and calcium build up and need to be changed. I recommend changing this once a year. Here’s all you have to do.

First, turn your heat off and make sure your furnace isn’t running. Remove the cover from your humidifier and take a look at how things are put together inside. Lift upwards on the bottom of the pad like this and pull it out of the humidifier cabinet. The top will still be attached to the water line so be careful.

Now, unclip the water line from the top of the pad. These pads are not a re-useable type, so give it the ‘ol Heave –Ho.

With the pad removed, take a peek inside the humidifier housing. At the bottom is the drain port that the excess water runs into. This port must remain clear and obstruction free or otherwise, water could run outside of the unit and onto your floor or furnace.

Once it’s clean, let’s replace the pad with a new one, and simply work in reverse by attaching the water line at the top, putting the pad back in place and then lifting the bottom back into the drain port.

Humidifiers are great for helping us to feel warmer in the winter and actually take very little maintenance. What you’ve seen here can be done in about 10 minutes and the additional comfort you’ll feel will make it worth every minute, yeahhh buddy.

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