I need Humidity!

I need Humidity!

PostBy: Kungur On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:44 pm

I have my radiant floor heat up and running with my KA-2 boiler. But I have been watching the humidity in the house and it is about 20%. I am wondering if I can add a humidifier to my forced air gas furnace, now semi-retired, and run it without the burner to humidifier the house?
Thoughts??
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: North Candlewood On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:48 pm

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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: poconoman On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:52 pm

You can add a whole house humidifier to the gas furnace like an Aprilaire BUT the furnace has to run because you need HEAT to evaporate the water.

Look at my vid "Hyfire II burning". You'll see the Aprilaire on the gas furnace BUT the heat is coming from the Hyfire, therefore the heat will evaporate the water.
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:13 pm

poconoman wrote:You can add a whole house humidifier to the gas furnace like an Aprilaire BUT the furnace has to run because you need HEAT to evaporate the water.

You do not need heat.
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: jeromemsn On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:22 pm

I have a SunBeam Humidifier, well Holmes. you can buy it at Walmart. Biggest one they have made by SunBeam. Works well and keeps the air moist. I have to fill it twice a day just like the coal stove. Has a lot of different settings on it, and easy to use and fill.
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: bellboy On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:53 pm

We use small humidifiers in a few of the rooms in the house and can generally keep the humidity level up. I looked into the system for hot air furnaces and it seemed like a lot of trouble, some people have too much moisture and end up with mold issues. I'm sure if the system is maintained it works OK. I try to heat with our wood stove and not run our oil burner more than I must. I have a washline in the basement to dry some of our clothes, and always have an old pressure cooker (no lid) full of water on top of the stove.
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:55 pm

Humidity? You can buy my house if you want ... :lol:

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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:01 pm

If you have an electric cloths dryer, this may help and save the heat to boot.
http://www.indoorlinttrapfilter.com/servlet/StoreFront
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: Townsend On: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:21 pm

Smitty, why don't you stock it with trout down there? Load up the stove, cast a line and bring home (I mean bring upstairs) a nice rainbow or brown trout!
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: Yanche On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:31 am

coaledsweat wrote:
poconoman wrote:You can add a whole house humidifier to the gas furnace like an Aprilaire BUT the furnace has to run because you need HEAT to evaporate the water.

You do not need heat.

If you are using unheated heating or A/C whole house ductwork to circulate the humidified air, you want a system that produces water vapor, i.e. steam. The usual heat source to vaporize the input water is an electric heating element. Honeywell sells several under the "True Steam" brand name.
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: david78 On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:32 am

SMITTY wrote:Humidity? You can buy my house if you want ... :lol:

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That right there is a true whole house humidifier. And no maintenance required! :funny:
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: poconoman On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:17 am

If you are using unheated heating or A/C whole house ductwork to circulate the humidified air, you want a system that produces water vapor, i.e. steam. The usual heat source to vaporize the input water is an electric heating element. Honeywell sells several under the "True Steam" brand name.


Thank you
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: wlape3 On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:48 am

You can also use hot water as a feed to the humidifier. I do this because my airflow is not warm enough to get max output.
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:56 am

Will, how hot does the water need to be to work? Do you have a DHW coil in that beast?
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Re: I need Humidity!

PostBy: Dannmarr On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:42 am

coaledsweat wrote:
poconoman wrote:You can add a whole house humidifier to the gas furnace like an Aprilaire BUT the furnace has to run because you need HEAT to evaporate the water.

You do not need heat.

Of course you need heat. When did you ever see a room humidifier shooting water into the air? The warm air running through your forced air system will help evaporate the water to a mist. This will distribute evenly throughout your home. If your forced air system is not in heat mode, the water will spray into the ducts and run down over your control board wiring at the bottom of your furnace. :o
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