What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a host of health concerns. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the cold, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and warped 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 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 increased water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very easy. If you have 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 throughout year. (This is dependent on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you may need to change it a couple of. Failure to replace the water panel could result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specially 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 regular 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 technique 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 professionals in Minocqua at Danco Heating & Cooling which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 715-356-7000 or set up an appointment online.