What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a variety 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 chill, 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—may become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy and healthier. They are available in two 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 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 increased water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very simple. If you use a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to exchange the water pad inside once or twice throughout year. (This is dependent on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you might need to change it a few. Failure to change the water panel could result in less operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature 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 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 way of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you recognize how easy it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the pros in Muskogee at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. which model would operate best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 918-682-8238 or schedule an appointment online.