What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a variety 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 cold, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfy 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 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 increased water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very straightforward. If you have 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 throughout year. (This is dependent on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you may need to replace it a few. Failure to replace the water panel might result in reduced 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 frequently the cause of damage to working parts in traditional 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 way of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you recognize how easy it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in Utica at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 586-731-0950 or arrange an appointment online.