What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold

Dry air in your home can mean a number of health issues. 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 requiring proper humidity, your home itself needs it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—might become parched and damaged in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers add 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 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 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 typically very easy. If you have a humidifier with a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, you simply need to replace the water pad inside once or twice a year. (This is dependent on how much debris goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you might need to replace it a couple of. Failure to change the water panel could result in lowered operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed specially 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 traditional 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 recognize how easy it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy perks of having one. Ask the pros in Racine at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 262-358-9468 to set up an appointment.

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