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 chilled hands and feet that come from the chill, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfy 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 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 greater water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very straightforward. 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 is dependent on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you may need to exchange it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel could result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specially for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently the cause of damage to working parts in ordinary 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 way of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how easy it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the professionals in Portland Metro at Central Air Inc which model would operate best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 503-656-1908 or schedule an appointment online.