What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a variety of health problems. 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 thriving on proper humidity, your home behaves better with 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 two 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 goes 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 greater water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually very easy. 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 a year. (This will depend on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you might need to change it a couple of. Failure to exchange the water panel could result in less operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made 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 technique of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how simple it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the experts in Columbus at Wolfe & Sons Inc which model would operate best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 614-451-0846 or set up an appointment online.