What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can result in a variety of health problems. 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 needing proper humidity, your home likes it better too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 use 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 usually very straightforward. If you utilize a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to exchange the water pad inside once or twice a year. (This will depend on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—for example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you may need to exchange it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to replace the water panel might result in lowered 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 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 problems 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 benefits of having one. Ask the pros in Manassas at Twin Air LLC which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 703-754-1062 or set up an appointment online.