What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a variety of health concerns. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the chilled hands and feet that come from the chilly, 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—may become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add 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 bring in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and direct it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and goes back into the air stream and is distributed throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but include 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 typically very straightforward. 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 enters your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you could need to change it a couple of. Failure to replace the water panel could result in less operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specially 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 traditional humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not captured 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 way 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 perks of having one. Ask the experts in Auburn at Forster Heating which model would operate best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 530-885-8081 or arrange an appointment online.