What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold

Air Quality

Dry 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 chilly, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on proper humidity, your home likes it better too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 bring in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and moves 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 greater water evaporation.

Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth
Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very simple. 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 will depend on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you may need to replace it a few. Failure to replace the water panel may result in lowered operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also have a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are often the cause of damage to working parts in regular 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 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 bonuses of having one. Ask the experts in Branchville at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 862-345-6896 or set up an appointment online.

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