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

Air Quality

Dry air in your home can cause a host 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 requiring 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 comfy 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 direct 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 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 normally very simple. 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 a year. (This depends on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you may need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel could result in reduced operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed specially for uniform, high evaporation. They also include a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are regularly the cause of damage to working parts in regular 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 getting rid of trouble-causing minerals.

Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers
Now that you know how basic it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the experts in Chadron at MPC Heating & Cooling which model would operate best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 308-432-5301 or set up an appointment online.

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