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 frosty hands and feet that come from the chill, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 send it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads back into the air stream and is distributed throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but use 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 typically very simple. 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 a year. (This depends on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you could need to replace it a few. Failure to change the water panel may result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also include 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 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 easy it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the experts in Bishop at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 760-784-9034 or arrange an appointment online.