What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a number of health issues. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the chilled hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfortable and healthier. They are available in two primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers pull in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and direct it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and goes back into the air stream and is sent throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but utilize a fan that blows air across the water panel for more water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very simple. If you use a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to exchange the water pad inside once or twice throughout year. (This depends on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you could need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel might result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are regularly the cause of damage to working parts in regular humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not captured by the replaceable humidifier pad are flushed down the drain. The drain also eliminates the issues caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive method of doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you recognize how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the professionals in Ballwin at Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning which model would be best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 636-391-7377 or schedule an appointment online.