What You Need to Know about Whole-House Humidifiers and Mold03/01/2017Dry air in your home can mean a host of health problems. Respiratory ailments, dry skin, and bloody noses to name a few. Plus, there are the cold hands and feet that come from the chill, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and cracked in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring moisture to your home’s air, making it more comfortable and healthier. They are available in a couple 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 goes 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 normally very easy. 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 is dependent on how much debris enters your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have had construction inside your home, you may need to change it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel may result in lowered operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are made especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also have a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently 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 doing away with trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how basic it is to maintain a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the experts in McHenry at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. which model would work best for your home and take advantage of the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 815-459-4700 or arrange an appointment online.