What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can cause a host 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 cold, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on proper humidity, your home likes it better too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 pull 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 distributed 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 usually 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 throughout year. (This will depend 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 may need to change it a couple of. Failure to exchange the water panel could 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 often the cause of damage to working parts in ordinary 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 method of disposing of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you understand how easy it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the pros in Excelsior Springs at Colvin's Inc which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 816-630-2702 or arrange an appointment online.