What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a host of health issues. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfortable and healthier. They are available in a couple 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 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 normally very easy. If you utilize 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 will depend on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for 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 could result in less 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 regularly 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 problems caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive way 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 professionals in Great Falls at Falls Mechanical Services LLC which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 406-761-7283 or set up an appointment online.