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

Air Quality

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 chilly, dry air. In addition to your body requiring proper humidity, your home behaves better with it too! Porous surfaces in your house—like hardwood floors and woodwork—may become parched and warped in dry air. Whole-home humidifiers bring 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 bring in warm air from a home’s heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. The air absorbs moisture and heads back into the air stream and is directed throughout your home.
  • Fan-powered humidifiers work like bypass humidifiers, but include a fan that blows air across the water panel for increased water evaporation.

Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth
Maintenance on whole-home humidifiers is normally 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 during the year. (This depends on how much debris is in your home’s ventilation system—for instance, if you have pets or have done construction inside your home, you could need to exchange it about 2-3 times a year. Failure to exchange the water panel might result in reduced operational efficiency.

The humidifier pads inside Lennox models are designed especially for uniform, high evaporation. They also feature a scale control insert that efficiently traps mineral deposits, which are frequently 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 concerns 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 understand how basic it is to use a whole-house humidifier, you can focus on the healthy benefits of having one. Ask the pros in Pella at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating which model would work best for your home and experience the health and comfort it can provide! Give us a call at 641-628-3621 to schedule an appointment.

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