I have an April-Aire humidifier on the gas furnace. The orifice was clogged and
it wasn't working. I finally cleaned it about 10 days ago, and it is now
working. And now both my wife and I have a cough, accompanied by phlegm and
runny eyes. I jokingly told her that I think there was something growing in the
water panel evaporator and now that it's working, this "something" is being
released in the air and infecting us.
Is it possible that this is true! The panel was changed at the beginning of
last years (2002-2003) heating season.
Growth in the April-Aire panel is not common since it dries out
But the symptoms you are having might suggest mold growth *somewhere*.
Turn off the humidifier for a couple of days and see if your
symptoms lessen. If they *do* lessen, you could have excessive
humidity in the house or possibly mold growth in the ductwork
or in the A/C coil (if used).
Of course, you could replace the panel too...
Buy a hygrometer so you have some idea what the humidity level is.
Radio Shack has a nifty digital one. Forgot the model #, but I used it a
few years back when I had a small DIY humidor made out of a 6-pack
cooler with some florist wet foam and propylene glycol at the bottom.
I'd be tempted to call a heating guy out to change the pad again. Or, if you
want to be really cheep, take it apart yourself (not dificult). Mix up a
bucket with about two ounces of bleach, and the rest warm water. Soak the
pad in bleach water for about five minutes, drip dry, and put it all back
together. Now, that's cheep!
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