What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a number of health problems. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the frosty hands and feet that come from the cold, 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—may become parched and warped 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 pass 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 more water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically 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 is in your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you could need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel could result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed specially for uniform, high evaporation. They also include a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently 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 method of doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how basic it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the pros in Colorado Springs at Mitchell Heating which model would operate best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 719-596-6677 or schedule an appointment online.