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

Dry air in your home can result in a number 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 cold, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy and healthier. They are available in a couple 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 goes back into the air stream and is sent 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 normally very easy. 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 throughout year. (This will depend on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you might need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to change the water panel may result in reduced operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are regularly the cause of damage to working parts in traditional humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not caught by the replaceable humidifier pad are flushed down the drain. The drain also eliminates the concerns caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive method of doing away with trouble-causing minerals.

Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers
Now that you recognize how simple it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the pros in Pocatello at Vogts Heating & Air which model would be best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 208-621-0129 to arrange an appointment.

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