What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a number of health issues. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the frosty hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfortable 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 direct 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 include 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 usually very simple. If you have a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to exchange the water pad inside once or twice during the year. (This is dependent on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you might need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to change the water panel might result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specially 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 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 doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the professionals in Selbyville at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 302-436-2922 or set up an appointment online.