What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a variety of health concerns. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the cold, 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 damaged 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 bring in 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 sent throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but utilize 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 have 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 during the year. (This will depend on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you might need to replace it a few. Failure to replace the water panel might result in less operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specifically 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 traditional humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not captured 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 doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how easy it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the pros in Saint Peters at C-N-O Comfort Zone which model would be best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 636-578-1777 or schedule an appointment online.