What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold

Dry air in your home can mean 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 thriving on proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and cracked 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 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 sent throughout your home.
  • Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but include 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 usually very simple. 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 will depend 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 might need to replace it a couple of. Failure to change the water panel may result in lowered operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created 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 traditional humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not captured 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 simple it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in West Jefferson at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. which model would operate best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 614-450-1575 to schedule an appointment.

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