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 cold hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add 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 bring 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 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 normally very simple. If you use 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 throughout year. (This is dependent on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you could need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel might result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also include 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 concerns caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive method of doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how easy it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the experts in Florissant at B & B Heating & Cooling which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 314-838-9800 or schedule an appointment online.