Whether you’ve lived in the Ventura and Santa Barbara area for years or are new to this region, you’ve likely noticed that dry air is pervasive during the winter months. When cold weather hits and we reach for the thermostat, both our homes and our health can suffer. Anything made of wood is subject to shrinking and cracking. Our nasal passages, sinuses and respiratory systems become inflamed and need moisture to keep out bacteria and viruses. A whole-house humidifier can help with all of these issues.
To prevent damage to your home and potential illness, it’s wise to consider a whole-house humidifier to maintain proper moisture levels. These units force a defined amount of water vapor throughout the ductwork to disperse into conditioned air. As with any device related to air quality within your home, they must be properly maintained to ensure effective operation.
- Make sure to change the filter regularly. Because this part is typically constructed of aluminum mesh, it tends to clog with mineral deposits and other debris. When clogs develop, air cannot move through the panel and can damage the humidifier.
- Clean the orifice that measures the amount of water distributed into the tray. The orifice is made of plastic and can also become clogged with debris. Inserting a pin into the opening should be sufficient to clear the valve.
There are maintenance kits you can purchase when a more thorough overhaul of the whole-house humidifier becomes necessary. After years of use, several parts of the unit must be serviced or replaced. Most hardware stores carry these kits, and they contain all of the major pieces of the humidifier. Make sure to purchase the proper kit and follow the instructions for your unit’s make and model.
If you’re a homeowner seeking more information on maintaining the whole-house humidifier in your home, contact the experts at Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the Ventura and Santa Barbara area for over 20 years.
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