What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a host 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 thriving on proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfortable 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 directed 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 straightforward. 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 a year. (This will depend on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you may need to replace it a few. Failure to replace the water panel might result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made especially 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 traditional humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not captured by the replaceable humidifier pad are flushed down the drain. The drain also eliminates the issues 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 maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in Cedar Rapids at Ilten's Incorporated which model would operate best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 319-363-0283 or set up an appointment online.