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 frosty hands and feet that come from the chill, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer 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 bring 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 distributed throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but include 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 normally very straightforward. 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 during the year. (This depends on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you might need to change it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel might result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also have 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 captured by the replaceable humidifier pad are flushed down the drain. The drain also eliminates the concerns caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive technique of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how simple it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the pros in Charlottesville at Beck Cohen which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 434-296-0129 or arrange an appointment online.