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12-15-2002, 04:54 PM
I plan to install a hot air furnace mounted humidifier.
I have a water softener so calcium buildup shouldn't be a problem.
I am interested in any recommendations on brand and model.
12-16-2002, 08:05 AM
I am surprised that your post shows no views, when I looked at it yesterday. I couldn't think of anything, so I didn't post. This morning I remembered that when we owned our home in Iowa we had an old furnace-based humidifier that had to be replaced. We put in an inexpensive one from Sears, which seemed to work well. Of course, that was 20+ years ago.
It was basically just a water tray with level control float, and evaporator pads that drew the water out of the tray and the furnace blower pulled the water from the pads and added it to the furnace air flow. They also made one that had a rotating drum system, but it was more money than we could afford at that time.
I don't know if Sears still carries these humidifiers, but their's is the only brand I am familiar with. You might check with a local HVAC contractor, or your nearest big box store.
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12-16-2002, 09:23 AM
We have one on our furnace and have had nothing but problems. The pipe always clogs or we just don't seem to get enough water in the air. I finally bougt one of those large floor models that holds a few gallons and aside from buying new filters each year we have never had a problem and can keep humidity levels up to 60% if need be. If someone knows of a better way I'm all ears. Besides, I'm getting a new chimney tomorrow for our wood stove and I hope we will not be using our furnace ever again (except for the blower).
(Updated 10 Jul 02)
Try this site
I've had an Aprilaire model 550 humidifier for about 4 years and am very pleased with it. The unit is hard plumbed to the hot water supply which provides a continuous flow of fresh water over a screen. What isn't dissipated into the air goes out the bottom and to the floor drain. No stagnant water is left.
12-16-2002, 06:38 PM
This is a good brand.
More important though is replacing the filter. We used to never do this, preferring to use vinegar to clean it. Each year we started getting more and more headaches in the winter. Probably from mold or other allergens. We now replace it each year.
Some brands are not easy to find parts for.
Mine is a General. I bought a case of filters from the wholesaler, so for 6 years I will have all I need.