What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry 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 chilled hands and feet that come from the chilly, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy 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 send 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 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 normally very easy. 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 during the year. (This will depend on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you may need to replace it a few. Failure to change the water panel might result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made 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 ordinary humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not trapped 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 way of doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how easy it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy bonuses of having one. Ask the pros in Odessa at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 432-333-2208 or schedule an appointment online.