What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean 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 chill, 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—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 two primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered. Bypass humidifiers bring in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and direct 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 normally very simple. 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 goes through your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you may need to exchange it a couple of. Failure to exchange the water panel might result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specifically 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 trapped 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 getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the pros in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 419-592-4756 or set up an appointment online.