Old Humidifier Pad

Just like it’s important to get routine maintenance on your AC, furnace, and other HVAC equipment, it’s also important to ensure your humidifier is properly

maintained! One of the most important steps to keep your humidifier maintained is to change the humidifier pad (also known as a water panel) regularly.

Why do I need to change my humidifier pad?

A humidifier pad is essential to your humidifier’s function, as the pad will become saturated with water which is used to humidify the home. As the air in your HVAC system blows over the pad, humidity is added to the air; this is especially important during the winter, where the hot air generated by your furnace will quickly dry out the air.

Our skilled technicians recommend switching out the humidifier pad at least once a year. However, there may be some factors to keep in mind that could require more frequent replacements.

Watch the weather

Weather plays a big factor in how often you’ll need to change out your humidifier pad. If it’s been a long, cold, and dry winter – something very familiar to us here in Chicagoland – the humidifier pad may need to be replaced again before the season is over. The longer the same pad stays in your humidifier, bacteria and other contaminants can grow on it. This can cause damage and affect the way that your humidifier works – but most importantly, it can affect the air quality in your home. The buildup of bacteria and other contaminants can cause mold growth, which can lead to leaks and overall system failure.

How Often Should I Change My Humidifier Pad | G & R Heating and Air
This humidifier pad needed to be changed a LONG time ago.

Your home’s water

The water in your home also plays a factor. Depending on the levels of minerals and calcium in your water, this can impact your humidifier’s functioning and may lead to drainage issues. The humidifier pad can become clogged with the minerals in your water much more quickly. For those who have hard water or well water, for example, it’s recommended to have the humidifier pad replaced more often than just once per year.

I need help with my humidifier pad

If you have any questions about your existing whole home humidification system – or would like to have a new one installed – give our friendly staff a call today to set up an appointment! We can answer any questions you have, tell you more about the benefits of a whole home humidifier, and give you a quote over the phone for your new whole home humidifier We carry and install top brands such as Aprilaire to ensure your lasting comfort. You can contact us online or give us a call at (224) 419-5324.