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How and when to change your humidifier filter (with humidity management tips!)

“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”


April 25, 2019 - Karl Yeh

Need to change your home's furnace humidifier filter? How do you do that? How often? In this episode, we discuss how to use and maintain your humidifier and what's the optimum humidity for your home. We also break down how to clean and change your home's humidifier filter. This is part one of our two-part series on Humidity Management in your home. 



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Hi everyone, I'm Karl, welcome to another Homebuyer's School video, specifically, our Home Owner How-Tos, and remember, if this is your first time on this channel and you want to get the latest strategies from home buying experts, hit the subscription button below, hit the little notification bell so you don't miss anything. So today, we're in the basement of [00:00:30] a home in the first of our two part series on humidity management.

 I'm joined by Ilana Staniscia with Brookfield Residential, and we're going to show you today

How to use and maintain your humidifier

Humidity Management

So before we begin, Ilana, can you tell us a little bit more about humidity.

Ilana Staniscia:                  

Absolutely. Humidity is a double edged sword.

It can be very good for your home and it can also be very, very bad.

Now most of the materials in your home come from natural sources, which makes them very susceptible to humidity and moisture [00:01:00].

With that being said,

If you have too much humidity in your home, you run the risk of warping and bending these materials, and if you don't have enough they can split and they can crack.

Now, since we're not going to stop using our homes anytime soon, we have to find a way to manage humidity, but it can be tricky because anything as simple as cleaning, bathing, even breathing creates excess humidity, so this is where your humidifier comes into play.

Karl Yeh:                              Perfect. Let's get started.

Ilana Staniscia:                  

You'll be able to find your humidifier as it's mounted on your furnace. Above it you'll see the humidistat.

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Controlling you home's humidity level

This [00:01:30] is how you can control the level of humidity in your home based off of the temperature that's outside.

A good rule of thumb is the colder it is outside, the less humidity you want inside your home. Down below is the humidifier itself.

What this does is it filters water through the air that circulates through your home. Inside it is a filter that you're going to want to change every three months or so.

You can also clean them and we'll show you how to do that today.

Cleaning and changing furnace humidifier filter

To get started, what you'll want to do is pop off the cover by locating the top and bottom tabs on the humidifier. Push down [00:02:00] firmly and pull out.

Inside you'll see you have a dial. This dial shuts off the airflow to the furnace. During the winter months we recommend you keep it on the winter setting.

However, if you have air conditioning in the summer, you can put it on the summer setting. If not, leave it on winter all year. Put that upright in order to remove the filter. Pull from the top and then lift up. [00:02:30] Here's a good example of a filter that needs to be cleaned.

To remove this, slide off the plastic insert and the filter should come out with ease. To clean this, you can soak it in CLR until all the calcium has come off.

After that you're going to want to give it a good rinse, pop it back into the slide and then you're ready to reinstall.

Now that we've got the clean filter [00:03:00] you can go ahead and reinstall it back into your humidifier. There's a couple things you'll want to note before reinstalling it.

The first is you'll want to line up the drain of the filter with the drain of the humidifier.

The second is a lot of humidifiers do have a water hose.

Most of them will be located on top. You'll want to remove that before you even take this out and then place it back in once you're done installing your filter.

To put it back in, I like to start at the bottom, line up the drains, and push the top until you hear the click. [00:03:30] The click is very important.

If you don't hear that, your humidifier will leak. Once that's done, turn your air valve back to the winter setting, put your cover back on.

And that's it. You're done.

Karl Yeh:                              So Ilana,

How much humidity should I set my home to?

Ilana Staniscia:                  

You know, it's a personal preference, with a maximum to about 30%, we would recommend. [00:04:00]

However, if you're starting to see condensation building on your windows, that's a dead give away that your humidity is too high and you need to lower it on your humidistat.

Karl Yeh:                              Perfect. Do you have anything else to add?

Ilana Staniscia:                  

Nope, that's it.

Karl Yeh:                             

Great, and don't forget to watch part two of our humidity management series on HRVs, in the video above and in the description below.

Thank you very much for joining us, and remember, if you enjoyed this video and found it helpful, make sure to hit the like button and remember to subscribe.

Karl Yeh:              Thank you, and we'll catch you next time.


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About Ilana Staniscia:

Ilana is a Sales Associate entering her third year at Brookfield. She is originally from Ontario. When she’s not in the show home you can likely find her doing something creative and making art!

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