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 chilled hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home likes it better too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer 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 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 utilize a fan that blows air across the water panel for more water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very straightforward. If you have 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 will depend on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you may need to change it a few. Failure to replace the water panel could result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature 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 problems caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive technique of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how simple it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the professionals in Springfield at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc which model would be best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 217-210-2662 or arrange an appointment online.