What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a variety 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 cold, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add 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 draw 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 greater water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually very straightforward. If you have 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 depends on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you could need to replace it a couple of. Failure to change the water panel may result in less operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specially 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 ordinary humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not trapped 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 way of disposing 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 benefits of having one. Ask the experts in Longview at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. which model would be best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 903-758-0701 or schedule an appointment online.