Do you use a humidifier?

Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: cabinover On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:05 pm

Crocker you seem pretty familiar with the Aprilaire products. Would you give your thoughts on the 500 model? I have FHA and ductwork I can install into. 1300sq.ft. house that's very dry at the moment and it's going to be cheaper to add humidity than keep nosebleeds away.

Will this be too large of a unit for my house?
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: Body Hammer On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:27 pm

I keep a two gallon pot on the stove. On a day like this(25°and windy) I go through about 1.5 gallons. It helps alot with the dryness and static, but I think I could use a little more. Problem is, I get so much sweat on the windows.But I'd rather have sweaty windows than nose-bleeds.
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: wlape3 On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:52 pm

Do you have a humidity gauge in the house? The condensation on the windows could ber due to older windows without double panes or storms or to too much local humidty. If you have well insulated windows maybe you need some more air circulation. Another thing to consider is a small heat evaporative unit. These are relatively cheap and can be placed in a room such as a bedroom to raise the local humidity. The nice thing about the heat units is they don't spread mold and you don't have to worry about replacing an element. Just be sure to get a big unit if you have hard water since you don't want the minerals to build up too much.
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:01 pm

I get condensation on the windows too ..... even with my basement drier than ever this year. My windows are fairly crappy -- I think the previous owner got a deal on them. Every window in the house has moisture between the panes. :roll:

Humidity levels inside have been fluctuating between 47% - 52%.
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: Body Hammer On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:35 pm

I have good windows. It seems to be worse on the bedroom windows. And we have them pleated shades which are quite tight and insulating. I think your right about the air circulation. These shades are always down when it's cold. So maybe not enough air. My humidity is in the low normal range. Maybe I should raise them during the day.
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: wlape3 On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:45 pm

Your humidity level looks good. Between 40 and 50% seems best to avoid mold and mildew. Probably the moist air is getting trapped between your shades and the colder windows leading to condensation. You do need to be concerned about the condensation as it can lead to mold and other problems if not addressed. If you leave the shades open on a nice sunny day the moisture will probably evaporate and reduce or even eliminate potential problems. You might also try a box fan near your stove to help move the heat and moisture around some more.
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:37 pm

That is a beautiful photo of the blue ladies !
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:00 pm

I was thinking the same! That TLC sure has a nice, big window for the perfect peep show! 8-) :D
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: TdiDave On: Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:34 pm

ken wrote:Dave , usally fill it every other day. Takes almost 2 pitchers to fill it. My stove is in the living room. I doubt it will help your upstairs with yours being in the basement.


I was thinking of giving it a shot, if anything to keep the hardwood floors from dring out. I just filled up my turky fry pot and i see how long it takes to evaporate. Top of my stoker rarley get very hot so it may not do much good.
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: Body Hammer On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:40 pm

Try something more the shape of a cake pan. That would put more water area near the surface and would still hold a good volume of water. You don't have any children around do you? Wouldn't want see anybody get scolding hot water dumped on them.
Charlie
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Re: Do you use a humidifier?

PostBy: Body Hammer On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:59 pm

Them Blue Ladys have some red hot asses today! :devil:
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