First time poster, but many time advice gainer...thanks, great group.
We recently bought a 2500 sq. foot ranch outside of Albany NY. No central
air/heat, but we have a LP boiler and baseboard heat. We heat zone 1 (front
of house- LR/DR/Kitchen/FR) primarily with a woodstove. My question is what
type of humidifier would you recommend? The house is pretty dry. HD has a
few choices, but I am not sold on anything quite yet.
Thanks for any thoughts here.
I would opt for the one that puts the most humidity possible into the
air....also, I'd do what granny did, and keep a cast iron tea kettle on the
wood stove, and refill it as often as needed...
FWIW....you do have central heat, if you have a boiler, or hot water heater, in
a "central" location, and it distributes heat throughout the house, by what
ever means, in your case, by pumping hot water through the baseboards....
Putting too much humidity into a house can do more harm than good.
With excess moisture you start to get condensation, especially in older
homes that don't have good insulation. In will start in areas like
windows that aren't well insulated or around recessed lighting
fixtures. Pretty soon, the paint in those areas becomes stained and
ruined. Put enough humidity in a poorly insulated home and eventually
you could promote mold and rot.
I'd get one that's sized appropriately, make sure it has an adjustable
humidistat that works, take it easy especially to start, and keep an
eye out for condensation.
I've got a floor model with a humidistat. Mine is a Sears, as much as I hate
sears in general. But th is one has given me years of good service. I have
to put a bucket of water in it every other day or so.
I would not recommend the portable Holmes model available at Walmart. You
set the humidity to, say, 40%. Now when the humidity gets close to 40, the
measured humidity digital display of course will bounce between 39 and 40
(or 40 and 41). Instead of having electronics that recognizes some
tolerance is needed, the damn fan goes on then off then on then off every
couple seconds forever as the display flickers until it finally settles at
40 for a short time then it starts all over again. This is ridiculous, it's
going back, hope to find better. This was the 2nd one I tried, the first
one had the same problem and also a noisy fan.
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