What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a host of health problems. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the chill, 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—might become parched and warped 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 pull 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 directed throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but include a fan that blows air across the water panel for more water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is usually very straightforward. If you utilize 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 is dependent on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you could need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel may result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created especially 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 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 method of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how easy it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the professionals in the Upper Rio Grande Valley at Cytech Heating & Cooling which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 956-630-3522 or schedule an appointment online.