What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a host 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 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—can 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 use 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 easy. 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 during the year. (This is dependent on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you may need to change it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel may result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also have 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 concerns caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive technique of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the pros in Augusta at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning which model would be best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 706-722-5304 or arrange an appointment online.