What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a host of health problems. 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 behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy and healthier. They are available in a few 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 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 increased water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually very easy. If you utilize 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 depends on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you might need to replace 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 created 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 regular humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not caught 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 doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how simple it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the pros in Orrville at Daniel's Heating - Cooling & Electric which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 330-821-8432 or schedule an appointment online.