What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a number 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—may become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 moves back into the air stream and is directed 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 easy. 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 will depend 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 might need to exchange it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to change the water panel may result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are regularly the cause of damage to working parts in ordinary 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 method of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how basic it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the experts in Columbia at Watts Electric & A/C Inc which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 601-736-7362 or set up an appointment online.