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 frosty 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 cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers offer 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 send it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads back into the air stream and is sent throughout your home. Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but use 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 simple. If you use 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 depends on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you may need to exchange it a few. Failure to replace the water panel might result in reduced operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also include a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are often the cause of damage to working parts in traditional humidifiers. The minerals and solid residue not caught 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 recognize how basic it is to utilize a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the pros in York at Strine's Heating & A/C Inc which model would work best for your home and feel the comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 717-755-4127 or schedule an appointment online.