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Old 03-01-2009, 12:44 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Hi Everyone!

I'm new here. I just signed up. I've been searching for an answer and I keep hitting dead ends. I'm hoping someone here can give me some information or perhaps point me in the right direction to find what I'm looking for. I tried doing a search on here and came up with nothing. So, if this has been posted before, please forgive me. I find forums are the best way of finding out things.

Hubby and I talk about one day building our own home. I need to tell you that my sweet hubby has no oil gland so he lives with a chronic skin condition. Cold weather is very hard on him and indoor heating adds to his problem. My question is this: Does anyone know which has more humidity....gas or electric? We have humidifiers that we use in the winter time. After a few days, all the humidity kind of takes a toll on me but sweet hubby needs them running. Which would be better for him? Gas heating or electric? I've lived with both, but cannot recall which has more. At the time, I didn't need to know.

I do have a confession. I would love ito learn gas heating is better for him! I've cooked with both gas and electric and I am still loyal to gas cooking. Hubby disagrees. <whispering> He doesn't cook. First three words he wrote to me were: CAN YOU COOK? LoL He has bribed me with with a smooth top electric stove when we make our next move to try to make me happy with cooking with electric. I miss gas cooking!

Thank you in advance for any help.

Kristie
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:35 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I'm no expert, but have lived with electric baseboard heat, and gas hot air in the same house, and from what I can tell, my gas hot air is better. HOWEVER, ONLY BEACUSE I have a good humidifier in the hot air system VS the room humidifiers I used to have.

I think electric hot air my be a little drier overall.

I think it all boils down to the quality of the humidifier you install.

marc
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Water vapor is one of the by-products of the combustion process of propane. Electricity is totally dry and can dry up any moisture that might be in the air already. So to answer your question... Propane is much better than electricity about moisture.
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Old 03-07-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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Yeah - sympathies on that smooth electric range. When I see "gourmet kitchen" advertised in real estate listings, with a smooth top electric stove as the piece de resistance, I think to myself, "These guys aren't REAL gourmet cooks. They just heat up food." No one who really cooks well would want an electric stove. Hang in there.
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Water vapor is one of the by-products of the combustion process of propane. Electricity is totally dry and can dry up any moisture that might be in the air already. So to answer your question... Propane is much better than electricity about moisture.
I was going to say pretty much the same thing. Bakers prefer an electric oven because it's a much drier heat.

Even if I went with electric heating in my home, I want gas to cook with.

The home forums at gardenWeb will be able to give you more specific help.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Valley of the Sun
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Gas or electric? I'm not sure if the type of fuel determines the humidity level as much as the physics. Comfort from a heating system is a matter of controlling the rate of body heat loss via conduction, convection, radiation. If you intend to build new I would strongly suggest you research radiant floor heating. More comfortable, healthy, efficient. This type of system coupled with the ventilation component of your hVac system where you may introduce supplemental humidity may help your husband out. Do you know at what humidity level your husband is comfortable at? If I may assume from your handle that you're on Topsail Isl. know you are in a mixed humid climate zone. If you introduce a steady supply of that fresh humid air from outside thru a HRV (heat recovery ventilation unit)that may do the job also. Just throwing some suggestions at you so please take em in that spirit.
Really though, look at Radiant floor heating. BTW, gas fired boiler or a hi efficiency gas water heater depending on area to be conditioned and if your local building official allows it or if your really green solar hot water system in conjunction with above are your heat source so you can cook away. Good luck.
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:54 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Thanks everyone! You guys are great! Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to all the postings. I've just recently started a new job and have been doing a lot of online and offline training along with some long work hours. This is a good thing, though.

Y'all gave some excellent information! Now I feel secure in approaching sweet hubby on the subject.

Yes, we are on Topsail Island. We open up here as much as possible. It's wonderful just to listen to the ocean. My backyard is the ocean. I needed to know for future reference for not just living here, but in case we move inland, too.

Thanks again! You gave me a lot to think about! Hope everyone has the BEST weekend!

Hugs
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