Climate control is an important factor to consider when thinking about home maintenance. Heating and cooling systems are the first things that come to mind when discussing climate control. But how often do you think about changing your humidifier water panel?
During the colder months, a good humidifier can be the difference between a comfort and irritation.
Raise your hand if you like allergies!
Going once. Going twice. No one?
Who am I kidding, nobody likes runny noses, itchy eyes, and sore throats. And if you do, well then there might be something wrong with you.
Not everybody needs a humidifier, but for those that do, keeping it in good working condition is vital for comfort!
Here is a guide on how and why periodically changing your humidifier water panel is important for its longevity and your pocket book.
What is a Water Panel?
Your humidifier water panel looks similar to the filters used in a furnace. They are a square mesh that suspends applied water while allowing air to pass through and collect moisture.
They’re are the heart of your humidifier because they generate the humidity that helps keep you comfortable.
It’s a simple process: water is applied to the panel, pushing in hot air and collecting moisture. That moisture-filled air is then distributed throughout your home to maintain comfort.
The water being applied to the water panel usually comes directly from your home’s water supply. Thankfully, this means there is very little work required for your humidifier to function correctly.
Why Should You Change it?
In addition to keeping those pesky allergies at bay, water panel replacement is vital because its water supply comes directly from your home.
Minerals found in your water can cause particle build up on the humidifier water panel. This buildup can cause flooding in your humidifier if the water panel and humidifier lines clog.
A clogged water panel also has the potential to grow bacteria or mold. Therefore, it is very important to maintain a clean panel.
When is the best time to replace it?
Most manufacturers recommend that you change your humidifier water panel at least once per year. But depending on weather conditions, it could be more often than that.
If you experience longer periods of cold weather, then you should check your water panel more often.
Check to ensure that its extra use has not caused the panel to become dirty or clogged in any way.
How to Replace a Water Panel
Changing the humidifier water panel in standard home humidifying systems is a simple process.
First, turn off the water supply to the humidifier. Then locate the panel’s cover which can normally be found near the furnace. Remove the cover and take out the old water panel. After that, simply insert the new panel, replace the cover, turn the water on, and you’re good to go.
If you’re not comfortable with doing these steps yourself, then you can always call your local heating and cooling professionals.
Keeping the humidity in your home balanced is just as important as maintaining the right temperature. Not only can dry air cause a multitude of problems such as dry skin, sore throat, and dry lips, it can also exacerbate cold and flu symptoms and make being sick that much worse.
Avoid these dry air struggles by changing your humidifier water panel regularly and maintaining its efficiency.