What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a number 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 needing proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 pass 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 use 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 easy. 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 is dependent on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—for instance, 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 exchange the water panel may 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 traditional 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 technique of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the experts in Greenville at Ken Parker Service Inc which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 903-883-2829 or schedule an appointment online.