What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold

Air Quality

Dry air in your home can cause a number of health issues. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body needing proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfy and healthier. They are available in a couple primary configurations: bypass and fan-powered.

  • Bypass humidifiers pull in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and direct it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and goes back into the air stream and is distributed throughout your home.
  • Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but utilize 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 normally very easy. 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 during the year. (This is dependent on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have completed construction inside your home, you could need to replace it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to change the water panel could result in less operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently the cause of damage to working parts in regular 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 doing away with trouble-causing minerals.

Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers
Now that you know how simple it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in Lexington at Kelley Mechanical which model would be best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 859-209-3003 or schedule an appointment online.

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