Home Humidifier Turn-Off: Simple Steps to Follow

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on why it’s often prudent for homeowners with a whole-home humidifier to turn this item off during or following the dead of summer. Humidifiers come with great benefits, but there are parts of the year where they may not be so necessary, and in fact may make the air conditioner work harder to do its job.

At My Buddy the Plumber, we’re here to help with several valuable HVAC services, including home humidifiers for those looking to improve their air quality and moisture content in a dry location like St. George. If you’ve determined that you want to turn off the humidifier for some chunk of the year, how do you go about doing this? Here are the basic steps for turning off a home humidifier.

home humidifier turn-off steps

Step 1: Turn to Off Position

Your home humidifier will either have a specific OFF position or a position that signals the lowest available percentage of relative humidity, and this is what you need to locate to begin with. You can turn your humidifier to this position, and the device will stop gathering or pumping moisture from the air.

Step 2: Summer Position

In some humidifiers, you will be able to utilize a “Summer” setting that’s part of the setup, which automatically closes the duct dampers for you. In others, you will have to manually close these dampers yourself — this is something our pros are happy to help with if needed.

Step 3: Turn off Humidifier Water Supply

Most humidifiers have a variable rate of water flow to the machine, which you can adjust depending on humidity levels and your desired moisture content. You need to turn this off so it doesn’t just keep adding moisture without your knowledge. This is usually as simple as turning the humidifier valve clockwise until it stops, though certain humidifiers may have different valves or buttons for this purpose.

Step 4: Clean the Humidifier and Leave it to Dry

At this point, you can take a few minutes to clean the interior of the humidifier, including the tank. This area may have built up some mineral deposits or possibly even mold if it hasn’t been cleaned in a few years.

In addition, the water inside the humidifier itself — plus the water you use for cleaning — will need to evaporate in order for the device to reach a dry status. A general rule of thumb is that you should allow two weeks after turning off your home humidifier before attempting to use it again.

For more on how to successfully turn off your home’s humidifier for a period of time, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.