Guess what, there are filters in whole house humidifiers!
It sounds crazy, but it’s definitely true.
We’ve owned this house for almost 5 years, and I have never changed the filter. GROSS!!!
I change the heater filter regularly, but always would forgo the humidifier one (it’s on the back of the heating unit … ahem, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it). Finally, at Lowes one day, I found myself in the department where they kept the humidifier filters. I bought one of each size to ensure me changing that darn thing once and for all. This is one that worked for my humidifier, there are different brands and sizes.
Open, the humidifier by twisting the screw, just be ready to catch the cover.
Ummmm … I was completely grossed out when I opened the cover and saw what was in there. Surprisingly nothing crawled out! It looked like that could’ve easily happened.
I was told to look for water leaking out the of the humidifier unit down the heating unit and to look for excess water in the drainage area pictured below.
There were no signs of clogging or any water being in places that it shouldn’t. What truly triggered me was that our hardwood floors were showing signs of being dry, that there wasn’t enough humidity in the house air. And, my family was waking up dry with bleeding noses and sore throats.
All of the sudden my allergies squealed and my throat knew why it’s been so dry! I wonder how many years this gross mold infused hardened disgusting humidifier filter has been trapped in this unit? How many years had it been sitting in there prior to us taking ownership? I wanted to throw up and couldn’t wait to throw it away in the trash.
There is that little dial that controls how much humidity goes into the house. I was told 40% was a good place to start. It has worked out just fine thus far.
You can either purchase at your local store or you can order online through Amazon.com
You can buy a humidity meter to monitor the humidity in your house. I bought one and love knowing how much humidity is in my house. There are digital ones as well, but this simple little guy is less than $5 and works great!
Okay, so DON’T do what I did … go change your filter!!