What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a number 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 chilly, 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 warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy and healthier. They are available in a few primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers pull in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and direct 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 greater water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually very easy. 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 during the year. (This depends on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—as an 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 change the water panel could result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specially for uniform, high evaporation. They also include 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 trapped 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 doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how easy it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in Northwest Arkansas at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 479-372-4304 or arrange an appointment online.