What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry 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 cold hands and feet that come from the cold, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home likes it better too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfy and healthier. They are available in a few primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers draw 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 normally very simple. If you use 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 had construction inside your home, you might need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel could result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created especially 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 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 easy it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in the Main Line at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 610-626-2540 or schedule an appointment online.