What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a host of health issues. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the chilly, 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—can become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 draw warm air from a home’s heat ducts and direct it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and moves 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 greater water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually 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 a year. (This is dependent on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you may need to change it a couple of. Failure to exchange the water panel might result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specially for uniform, high evaporation. They also include a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are regularly 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 method of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you recognize how simple it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the pros in Groves at Air Solutions, Inc which model would operate best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 409-962-2476 or set up an appointment online.