The environment—most specifically, humidity and temperature—plays a big part in how an sublimation printer functions. sublimation printers prefer a consistent temperature that is cool but not cold. Further, they love humidity between 40 and 60 percent. Remember, it may be really humid outside, but inside your air conditioning has taken all the moisture out of the air. This is bad for your printer. It is suggested that you run a humidifier inside your home near the printer to maintain inside humidity.
Besides, we have a big problem in the winter when heaters are running full time. The air gets really dry, and printers have more problems. We run humidifiers around the clock, and put about 10 gallons of water each day into the humidifier to maintain 50 percent humidity. Folks in the drier climates of the country like Arizona will have the same problems and need to work extra hard to maintain humidity. If you are working in your home, and have a basement, sublimation printers love to live there. I had an old sublimation printer with inks installed, and I had it stored in my basement for over a year, unused. A basement is naturally cool and humid. I took the printer out and printed a test print, as I was curious, and the first print was perfect.
That sublimation printer would not have printed, had it not been in my basement, because the ink would have dried solid inside the print heads and would have been very difficult if not impossible to correct. This is an extreme solution, but I know of folks in Arizona that were having constant printer problems because of the dry air. They tried using a humidifier but could not maintain a high enough humidity because of constantly running air conditioning.
The damp sponge naturally kept the inside of the printer humid, and they have not had any further problems. You need to be very careful using this method because you could damage the printer if you forgot to take it out before printing. You also don’t want standing water, only a damp sponge, to avoid the possibility of spilling water inside your printer, which will also damage your printer.
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