What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a number of health problems. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the frosty hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on proper humidity, your home likes it better too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfy 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 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 greater water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually 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 during the year. (This will depend on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you may need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel might result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also have a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently the cause of damage to working parts in regular humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not trapped 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 method of doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you recognize how simple it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the professionals in West Valley at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning which model would be best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 801-969-7088 or arrange an appointment online.