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

Dry air in your home can mean a host 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 chill, 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—might become parched and cracked 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 draw warm air from a home’s heat ducts and send it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads back into the air stream and is sent throughout your home.
  • Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but use 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 normally very simple. If you utilize a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to change the water pad inside once or twice a year. (This depends on how much debris enters 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 a couple of. Failure to change the water panel could result in reduced operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed 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 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 know how basic it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the professionals in Heflin at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 256-270-1196 to arrange an appointment.

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