What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry 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 chilly, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy and healthier. They are available in a couple 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 moves back into the air stream and is distributed throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but use 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 usually very straightforward. If you utilize a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to replace the water pad inside once or twice a year. (This will depend on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have done 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 reduced 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 often the cause of damage to working parts in regular humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not captured 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 disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how basic it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the experts in Phoenix at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 602-997-5701 or schedule an appointment online.