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

Air Quality

Dry air in your home can cause a variety of health concerns. 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 behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 draw warm air from a home’s heat ducts and direct 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 increased water evaporation.

Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth
Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically 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 throughout year. (This will depend 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 exchange it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel may result in lowered 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 often the cause of damage to working parts in ordinary 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 technique of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals.

Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers
Now that you know how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in Marshfield at House of Heating Incorporated which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 888-384-3163 or set up an appointment online.

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