What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold

Dry air in your home can result in a variety of health issues. 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 itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add 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 pull in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and send it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and goes 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 greater water evaporation.

Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth
Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually very easy. If you use 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 throughout year. (This will depend on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you could need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to change the water panel might result in reduced operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specially for uniform, high evaporation. They also have 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 trapped 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 getting rid of trouble-causing minerals.

Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers
Now that you know how easy it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the professionals in Grimes at Heartland Heating & Cooling which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 515-344-3579 to arrange an appointment.

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