I'm moving into a new (to me) home in a few weeks. The humidifier on
the FHA heater is disconnected (unplugged and water tubing
disconnected). Ideas whether I'm better off fixing it or removing and
patching the hole in the ductwork.
It's at the bottom of the steps, so if it won't help me, I'd like to
avoid the "head knocker".
I've looked a lot of furnace mounted humidifiers and have settled on an
Aprilaire Model 700 powered unit. I'm installing one now. My only
concern is whether it will supply enough water vapor, but I haven't
found a larger unit. I went through last winter without a humidifier
and won't do that again.
Brad Bruce wrote:
My experience with furnace mounted humidifiers is limited, but most that
I've seen don't work. I'd remove it and buy a room type. OTOH, there may
be a brand out there that will hold up over time and the HVAC guys will
I have a spray type which comes on with furnace fan. Has been working
over 10 years. I have two nozzles. When one clogs up, I replace it with
clean one. Soak the clogged one in CLR and it's ready on stand-by.
I'd see if you can get a HVAC guy out to install an Aprilaire. My boss and I
have installed a bunch of htem.
Though, as Mr. P suggested, a floor model portable is cheaper. The floor
model, you have to fill with a jug or bucket every day. And clean it out in
Since the home had one, I am going to guess that it is going to be dry
Many of them don't last long. They are just not designed to keep going.
People get fed up with them not working so they just disconnect them and
live with the dry air.
An exception to poor design is the Aprilair line. They cost more than
most, but they also work well and last a lot longer. I am sure there are
other good models and brands, but most everyone agrees with that Aprilair is
the best of the lot.
BTW that is what I bought. It has helped keep the piano in tune and
reduce my discomfort and all those static shocks.
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