What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a number of health issues. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the frosty hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and damaged 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 draw warm air from a home’s heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and moves back into the air stream and is directed 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 usually very straightforward. If you use a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to replace the water pad inside once or twice a year. (This is dependent on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you might need to exchange it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel may result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also have a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are regularly the cause of damage to working parts in ordinary humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not caught 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 way of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how basic it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the professionals in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 816-286-7258 or arrange an appointment online.