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 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 bring moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfy 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 send it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads back into the air stream and is distributed 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 typically very simple. If you have 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 goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you may need to exchange it a few. Failure to replace the water panel could result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also have a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are often the cause of damage to working parts in traditional humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not trapped 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 way of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how simple it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the experts in Ridgedale and the Branson area at Branson HVAC, LLC which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 417-544-4430 or set up an appointment online.