What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a host of health problems. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the cold, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on 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 offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfortable and healthier. They are available in two primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers bring 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 distributed throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but utilize a fan that blows air across the water panel for more water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very easy. If you use 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 depends 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 may need to change it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel may result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also have a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are often the cause of damage to working parts in regular 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 technique of doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how simple it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the experts in Franklin Lakes at Total Comfort which model would be best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 201-891-1333 or arrange an appointment online.