What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a number of health concerns. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the chill, 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—might 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 a few primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers bring in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and send it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads back into the air stream and is distributed 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 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 during the year. (This will depend on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you might need to exchange it a few. Failure to exchange the water panel could result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created 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 caught by the replaceable humidifier pad are flushed down the drain. The drain also eliminates the problems caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive method of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how easy it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in San Angelo at Air-Dynamics Inc which model would operate best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 325-655-2515 or schedule an appointment online.