During the winter, when the air is naturally very cold and dry, many Canadians rely on their whole-home humidifier to keep them comfortable. Humidifiers have several benefits including keeping your skin and hair healthy, reducing your likeliness to snore at night, and helping to prevent the spread of viruses during cold and flu season. However, many of our customers wonder if they can or should use their humidifiers in the summertime, and they sometimes have questions about exactly what summer humidifier settings are. This is what you need to know.
Do I Need My Humidifier In The Summer?
The truth is, no, you don’t need your humidifier running during the summer. The reason that a humidifier is so beneficial during the winter is that the air is naturally very dry during that time of the year. Once summer begins, the air begins to heat up and become naturally humid. Some households choose to turn on a dehumidifier during the summer to prevent that sweaty and musty sensation in the air, but that is up to you and your personal preferences as well as how your home feels in the summer months.
How To Turn Your Humidifier To Summer Settings
Once summer begins and the air becomes more and more humid and moist, the best thing to do is to turn your humidifier to the summer setting until fall begins and the cold weather returns. Fortunately, there are only two steps to turning your humidifier into its summer settings.
- First, turn your humidifier’s damper to the summer position using the switch on the side of your system. The switch will either look like a small knob with a summer and winter setting or a piece of sheet metal that covers the duct opening.
- Turn off your humidistat for the season
The Benefits Of AC And Home Humidity Levels
One of the reasons that not every household chooses to turn on a dehumidifier during the summer is because their central air conditioner acts as an adequate dehumidifier. If you have central air conditioning in your home, its job is to remove heat and humidity from the air, which means it can usually keep your home at a comfortable humidity level on its own. However, this is up to your discretion. If you feel as though your air conditioning is not doing the trick, contact the experts at Team Harding to ask about potentially installing a whole-home dehumidifier in your home.
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