What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a variety 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 chill, 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—can 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 pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and moves 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 greater water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually very easy. 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 depends on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you might need to change it a few. Failure to exchange the water panel may result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specially for uniform, high evaporation. They also include 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 recognize how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the experts in Lawrence at Scott Temperature which model would be best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 785-843-2244 or arrange an appointment online.