What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a number of health concerns. 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 thriving on proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—can become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring moisture to your home’s air, making it more cozy and healthier. They are available in a few 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 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 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 instance, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you might need to exchange it a few. Failure to exchange the water panel might result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also have 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 captured 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 understand how easy it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the experts in Williamsport at Lycoming Heating Company which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 570-326-4450 or set up an appointment online.