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

Dry air in your home can mean a host of health issues. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the chilled hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body requiring 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 pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads 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 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 during the year. (This depends on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you may need to change it a few. Failure to exchange the water panel might result in lowered operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently the cause of damage to working parts in traditional humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not caught by the replaceable humidifier pad are flushed down the drain. The drain also eliminates the problems caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive technique of disposing of trouble-causing minerals.

Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers
Now that you recognize how basic it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in Mechanicsville at M & S Heating & Air LLC which model would operate best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 301-363-4699 to schedule an appointment.

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