St. George Home Humidifier Turn-Off: Basics and Reasoning

Many homeowners, particularly in a notably dry state like Utah, utilize humidifiers within their homes, including whole-home humidifiers that work throughout the entire home. However, it’s important for homeowners who utilize humidifiers regularly to be aware that there are certain parts of the year where running them constantly might not be such a great idea, and might even contribute to low-efficiency HVAC solutions.

At My Buddy the Plumber, we’re proud to offer a wide range of plumbing and HVAC services, including home humidifiers for many St. George residents looking to improve their home’s moisture content in one of our state’s driest areas. We’re also here to provide basic expertise and tips on how to use the humidifier properly, including when you might consider turning it off each year – and how this is done. This two-part blog series will go over both these areas, starting with how humidifiers work and when you should consider a turn-off for the year.

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How a Humidifier Works

As the name itself indicates, a humidifier is designed to add in additional moisture into your air via water vapor. Many people are familiar with smaller single-room humidifiers, which can be filled with water and placed in any room in the home to shoot water vapor into it.

However, for particularly dry areas or homes, home humidifiers are becoming more and more popular. Also called central humidifiers, these are connected to your HVAC system and will add moisture to every room that has a vent in it. These humidifiers also help keep the air clean and safe to breathe throughout the home, providing dual value to homeowners.

General Timing for Humidifiers

However, there are some situations and settings where using the humidifier might not be advisable. In particular, the current summer season often becomes very warm and more humid – Utah never becomes too humid, but we’re talking relatively here. During these parts of the year, it’s often advisable to shut down the humidifier for at least a month or two, as it will only add to the stuffiness of a given room or home.

Risks of Keeping Them On

If you choose to keep your humidifier on throughout the summer season, you’re placing the HVAC system itself at-risk. The AC is meant to pull humidity from the air in addition to cooling it – because of this, if the humidity level stays too high, the AC will have to work extremely hard just to achieve its normal operations. This will not only cost you money on utility bills, but will also risk premature wear-and-tear on various components within your system.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over how to turn off your home humidifier for the summer. For more on this or any of our HVAC or plumbing services in St. George, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.