What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a number of health problems. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the frosty 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 warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy and healthier. They are available in a few primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers bring in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and send 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 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 a year. (This is dependent on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—for 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 replace the water panel could result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are regularly the cause of damage to working parts in regular 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 basic it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the professionals in Richardson at Hammack Service Company which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 972-669-9192 or schedule an appointment online.