What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a number 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 cold, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home likes it better 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 draw 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 distributed 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 usually very easy. If you have 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 will depend 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 exchange it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to change the water panel might result in less operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created especially 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 ordinary humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not trapped 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 way of getting rid 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 perks of having one. Ask the pros in Macon at Air Temperature Control which model would operate best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 478-784-1109 or schedule an appointment online.