What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a host 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 needing proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add 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 draw 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 sent throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but include 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 usually very straightforward. If you utilize 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 goes through your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you may need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel may result in lowered 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 regularly the cause of damage to working parts in ordinary humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not caught 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 way of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the experts in Mount Pleasant at Olde Towne Heating & Air which model would be best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 843-856-1433 or set up an appointment online.