What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a number of health problems. 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 thriving on proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfy and healthier. They are available in two primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers bring in 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 sent 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 normally 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 a year. (This depends on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you may need to change it a few. 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 have 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 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 disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how easy it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the experts in Elmhurst at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 630-833-1100 or set up an appointment online.