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 chill, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer 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 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 typically very simple. If you utilize 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 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 exchange it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel might result in reduced 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 regular humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not captured 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 doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you recognize how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the pros in Lake Charles at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 337-335-0992 or set up an appointment online.