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 chilled hands and feet that come from the chill, dry air. In addition to your body thriving on proper humidity, your home likes it better 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 pull in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and goes 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 more water evaporation. Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is typically very straightforward. If you have 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 goes through your home’s ventilation system—as an example, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you may need to change it a couple of. Failure to replace the water panel may result in less operational efficiency. The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are created specifically for uniform, high evaporation. They also have a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are regularly 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 issues caused by stagnant water. This is the most effective and least expensive method of getting rid of trouble-causing minerals. Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers Now that you know how simple it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the professionals in Asheville at 1st Choice Service Group 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 828-551-2913 or schedule an appointment online.