What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a host of health problems. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the frosty hands and feet that come from the cold, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might 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 pull in 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 use 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 typically very simple. If you utilize 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 had construction inside your home, you may need to exchange it a few. Failure to change the water panel may result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are often 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 issues caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive method of doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how easy it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the experts in McMurray at Kowalski Heating & Cooling which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 724-745-7404 or schedule an appointment online.