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All About Humidifier Filters: When to Change AprilAire Water Panels

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AprilAire Water Panels, also known as humidifier filters are the backbone of your AprilAire Whole-House Humidifier! To keep your unit operating efficiently, humidifier filters should be replaced annually (10, 12, and 35 Water Panel) or twice per heating season (45 Water Panel).

An AprilAire Water Panel is an aluminum mesh frame that helps your home maintain ideal humidity levels so that you and your family can breathe clean, Healthy Air, always.

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Why Replace Humidifier Filters Regularly

With normal usage, over time AprilAire Water Panels can get clogged with particulates—capturing them as water passes through the system. A clogged water panel can lead to a myriad of problems. Clogged water panels can deter the efficiency of your AprilAire Whole-House Humidifier and lead to unwanted Indoor Air Quality issues.

An AprilAire Whole-House Humidifier is important to maintaining proper Indoor Air Quality as it works to deliver ideal relative humidity for human health and wellness, and reduce your chances for sore throats, nosebleeds, and dry skin. In addition, these units play a key role in increasing your energy savings. In fact, for every 4% change in your home’s relative humidity (or RH), you change the temperature by 1°F.

If your home’s humidity level is 14%, increasing your levels by 24% for a 38% humidity setpoint, you can reduce the temperature of your home by 6°F! By maintaining ideal humidity levels, you can reduce energy costs by lowering temperatures without sacrificing a comfortable living environment.

Not only can humidification help you save money and energy, it can play an important role in reducing the proliferation of airborne viruses! When humidity levels are unbalanced, you risk unwanted health threats, including allergy and asthma triggers or mold, and increase your chances of cold and flu infections.

Where you live can impact your family’s humidification needs. No matter your location, AprilAire Water Panels are important to help you maintain balanced humidity levels (ideally between 40–60%*) and keep your humidifier operating at peak performance.

By keeping up on maintenance and replacing your humidifier filters regularly, you can achieve the life-changing benefits of humidity control! Designed with simplicity in mind, our water panels can be replaced without the presence of an AprilAire Healthy Air Professional (though we do recommend reaching out to them with any questions or concerns).

For your convenience, we’ve created detailed how-to videos to help you change your AprilAire Water Panels. Of course, our technical support team is always available to walk you through the process, as well.

Not sure when to replace your humidifier filters? AprilAire Whole-House Humidifiers come with a digital warning to let you know when your AprilAire Water Panels need to be swapped out! Once the warning light appears on your unit, be sure to replace as soon as possible to continue enjoying a Healthy Home environment.

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*While balanced humidity exists between 40 and 60%, it’s important to remember that outdoor temperature and other home factors will impact what relative humidity level is attainable and recommended for your house. Talk with your Aprilaire Healthy Air Professional to learn more.

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