What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a host of health concerns. 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 requiring proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and damaged 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 draw warm air from a home’s heat ducts and send 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 include 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 usually very straightforward. If you use a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to replace the water pad inside once or twice a year. (This depends on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you might need to replace it a couple of. Failure to exchange the water panel could result in less operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also include 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 captured 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 doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how basic it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the professionals in Baltimore at Quality Refrigeration which model would be best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 410-355-6010 or arrange an appointment online.