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What Happens if you Forget to Turn Off Your Humidifier

It’s almost July: the kids are home for summer, the pool is open, there are barbecues to be had and – wait a minute – did you remember to turn off your humidifier? Is that why your house has been so humid in the mornings? Forgetting to turn off the humidifier during the summer can lead to some small problems, mostly related to comfort (although in serious cases, mold growth can accelerate if you forget to turn off the humidifier).

But don’t worry – forgetting to turn off your humidifier is not the end of the world – it’s mainly just uncomfortable. But if you follow these simple steps, your home will be good again in no time!

Is you home still sticky even after turning off your humidifier? Maryland gets so humid in the summers you may need a dehumidifier. Call All Seasons at 443-692-7723 to get your home back to being livable!

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How to Turn Off Your Humidifier

The first thing to do when turning off your humidifier is to turn the humidistat to the OFF position (or if this is not possible, turn it to the lowest possible setting).

Once the humidifier is turned off, you’ll need to shut off the water supply. This gets slightly tricky – find the humidifier’s water line (usually a quarter inch copper or plastic pipe) and follow it all the way to the humidifier water supply valve. Turn the valve clockwise until it stops.

Once the water has been shut off, go back to the humidifier, remove the cover and take out the water filter. Clean the filter with soap and water and store it in a dry place – you won’t need it until the fall.

Next, close the duct damper on your humidifier (many whole house humidifiers actually have summer settings so that makes this even easier). Closing the duct damper blocks the flow of cold air coming from the air conditioner and keeps it from going through the humidifier. Not all whole house humidifiers have duct dampers, so if yours doesn’t, you can disregard this step.

Once all that’s done, put the cover back on and clean up. You’re done!

If that works and your home still doesn’t feel dehumidified, there may be a problem with your actual air conditioner. If this is the case, call All Seasons Heating & Cooling today!

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