What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a number of health concerns. 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 needing proper humidity, your home likes it better 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 a couple primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers pull in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and direct it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and moves back into the air stream and is distributed 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 simple. If you have 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 is dependent on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you could need to change it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel could result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also have a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently the cause of damage to working parts in regular humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not trapped 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 method of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you recognize how easy it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the professionals in Pacheco at Clean Air HVAC which model would be best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 925-689-7017 or set up an appointment online.