What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a number of health issues. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the chilled hands and feet that come from the chill, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 draw 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 distributed 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 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 throughout year. (This is dependent on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you might need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to change the water panel might result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specifically 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 technique of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how simple it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the professionals in Lexington at James Heating & A/C, Inc which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 336-853-6070 or set up an appointment online.