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HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 29, 2017 09:17AM
Our rather large house is dry and the cats really don't like getting shocked while they are being petted or brushed. While we have a few stand alone humidifiers running, a whole house unit looks to be the best solution. We have a forced air (gas) HVAC system.

Any decent manufacturers to look for ? Bypass ? Flow through ? Drum ? So many choices !

TIA !
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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: Schpark
Date: December 29, 2017 09:17AM
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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: pdq
Date: December 29, 2017 10:01AM
That’s what we have too. Pretty low tech stuff- it drips water down across a metal mesh filter that’s placed in the HVAC airflow line.

Should be cheap...probably isn’t.
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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: December 29, 2017 11:19AM
Look into filtering/ reverse osmosis for the water source.
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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 29, 2017 11:38AM
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anonymouse1
Look into filtering/ reverse osmosis for the water source.

is that really important?
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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: December 29, 2017 01:21PM
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space-time
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anonymouse1
Look into filtering/ reverse osmosis for the water source.

is that really important?

It can cut the dust from minerals by 95%, but it's added cost and complexity (depending on the reverse osmosis system used).



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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 29, 2017 01:26PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
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space-time
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anonymouse1
Look into filtering/ reverse osmosis for the water source.

is that really important?

It can cut the dust from minerals by 95%, but it's added cost and complexity (depending on the reverse osmosis system used).
I was wondering if there was a solution for lime contamination. Thanks for the thought ! Considering the relative low volume, I wonder if a simple replaceable media filter would be a less expensive solution ?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2017 01:29PM by cbelt3.
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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: December 29, 2017 04:09PM
Eh, just run a drip line onto your furnace air filter and call it a day. smiley-score010
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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: December 30, 2017 04:17PM
My late Father ran an HVAC business for 33 years he never cared for whole house humidifiers connected
to the furnace. There were problems with rust, leaks and mold back in the day. Maybe they've improved.
I'd sure like to have something because I get tired of filling up 2 one gallon cool mist ones 2-3 times a day.
With the woodstove going 24/7 this Winter it's really drying out the house. I think we've already burned
more firewood in our EPA approved fireplace insert this season than all of last season.



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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: tenders
Date: December 30, 2017 06:19PM
We have one that looks like a tiny shop vac that blows mist into the furnace-heated air. It has a float valve that meters the water from the house line into the tank. The tank got skanky over the course of the first winter we had it and I disconnected it.

That was 2003 and I haven't missed it.
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Re: HandyFolk... Whole House Humidifiers ?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 30, 2017 10:17PM
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