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 thriving on proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer 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 pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads back into the air stream and is directed throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but include 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 usually very simple. 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 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 might need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. 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 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 issues 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 understand how basic it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the professionals in South Beloit and Belvidere at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. which model would be best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 877-389-2465 or schedule an appointment online.