What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a number 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 cold, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy and healthier. They are available in a couple 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 directed 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 typically very easy. 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 during the year. (This depends on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—for example, 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 designed specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also include a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are often the cause of damage to working parts in regular humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not captured by the replaceable humidifier pad are flushed down the drain. The drain also eliminates the problems caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive technique of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how easy it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the experts in Colfax at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 509-397-3622 or schedule an appointment online.