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

March 01, 2017
Wintry, dry air in your home causes more issues than just icy hands and feet in the colder months. A lack of humidity can aggravate your lungs, dry out your skin and lead to bloody noses. Like you, your home needs humidity to keep it in its best condition. Woodwork in your home—including hardwood floors—can lose moisture to the dry air and become damaged. Whole-home humidifiers can return that moisture to your home’s air. You’ll be more comfortable and healthier as a result. Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area carries two elementary configurations:
  • Bypass humidifiers draw warm air from heat ducts and pass it through a water panel. Water vapor is absorbed into the air, humidity is returned to the air and is circulated throughout your home.
  • Fan-powered humidifiers work in a similar fashion, but they also have a fan that blows air across the water panel for increased water evaporation.
A well-managed humidifier can keep you happy, healthy and comfortable in your home throughout the seasons.

Simple Maintenance Ensures Efficiency and Inhibits Mold Growth
Whole-home humidifiers have simple maintenance. If your humidifier has a water panel, like a Lennox Healthy Climate Whole-Home Humidifier, the water pad inside only has to be changed once or twice each year. This may change depending on the level of debris that goes your home’s ventilation system. If you have animals or have done extensive home improvement projects inside your home, you might need to change it more regularly. Whole-home humidifiers may not operate at peak efficiency if the water panel is overlooked.

Lennox models have humidifier pads explicitly for uniform, high evaporation and scale traps to trap mineral deposits that would otherwise harm your humidifier. Sitting water, excess minerals and other solid residue not trapped by the replaceable humidifier pad are flushed down the drain. This is the most effective, cost-efficient technique of disposing of minerals.

Learn More About Whole-House Humidifiers
Equipped with the knowledge that whole-house humidifiers are easy to maintain, you’re ready to focus on the benefits of having your own. Find out which type is best for your home from your team of experts at Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area. Then get ready to experience the comfort it will provide! Give us a call at 510-343-9841 or schedule an appointment online.