Installing a humidifier with your furnace is the best thing you can do to avoid the problems associated with low humidity in your home. As we discussed earlier this week, one great thing about whole-house humidifiers is that they require very little maintenance. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your humidifier runs properly all winter long. So let’s take a look at what’s involved in furnace humidifier maintenance and how it can help protect your heating system.
What goes into furnace humidifier maintenance?
Just like your furnace, your humidifier requires maintenance about once a year to ensure that it is functioning properly and doesn’t cause any damage to your heating system. Some of the most important maintenance tasks include:
- Changing your humidifier pad. Just like the air filter for your furnace, your humidifier pad needs to be replaced when it is no longer effective. Humidifier pads typically need to be changed once per year, however, you might need to change yours more frequently if your home has hard water.
- Checking for leaks. When your humidifier is operating, a portion of the water that it uses is drained through a hose that is attached to the bottom of the unit. Over time, sediment from your home’s water supply and pieces of your humidifier pad can clog up the hose and lead to a leak on or around your heating system. Inspect your humidifier and the area around your furnace to ensure that a leak has not developed.
- Keeping your unit clean. If your humidifier is dirty, it can operate improperly and lead to air quality issues in your home. Check your unit for dirt buildup and be sure to keep your unit as clean as possible.
Take the hassle out of furnace humidifier maintenance by calling Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning
Although the tasks listed above can be performed on your own, they can also be done by a professional like Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning during your regular annual furnace maintenance. For many homeowners, this is a much more preferable option because it takes the hassle out of maintaining their humidifiers. By having your humidifier professionally maintained, you can also be confident that it will function properly all winter long.
If you have any questions about furnace humidifier maintenance, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning, your St. Charles furnace installation and repair company. We service the St. Louis area and surrounding cities like Ladue, Lake St. Louis, and Ballwin.