What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause 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 thriving on proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may 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 a couple primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers pull in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads back into the air stream and is directed throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but use a fan that blows air across the water panel for greater water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very easy. If you use a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to change the water pad inside once or twice a year. (This depends on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you could need to change it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel may result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also include a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently the cause of damage to working parts in ordinary humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not trapped 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 getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you recognize how basic it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the professionals in Rock Hill at US Air Heating and Cooling which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 803-980-4328 or set up an appointment online.