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

Air Quality

Dry air in your home can cause a variety of health issues. 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 behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might 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 a few primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered.

  • Bypass humidifiers pull 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 sent 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 use 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 goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you could need to change it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to change the water panel could result in reduced operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed specially for uniform, high evaporation. They also have 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 caught 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 getting rid of trouble-causing minerals.

Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers
Now that you understand how easy it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the pros in Lake Forest at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. which model would operate best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 949-204-0859 or set up an appointment online.

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