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Old 01-06-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Sprangers,

As the weather is getting cold, everything in my house is zappin' the heck outta me. I'm thinking to have an in-line humidifier installed with my gas heat system.

As I imagine this is common here, if you have one installed, what brand is it and what type? Do you think it's effective??

I know Honeywell and Aprilaire are pretty common units. I've also heard good things about the Skuttle brand. Any reviews?

How much was the installation??

Tks in advance
Terytee

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Old 01-06-2009, 04:07 PM
 
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I have a Honeywell humidifier, which attaches directly onto the furnace and adds moisture to the air pushed out by the furnace. I paid $600 through the builder, which is probably on the high side. I imagine you could expect it to cost a bit less than that by having a plumber install it.

I initially forgot to turn mine back on this winter, and I was getting shocked a lot. Once I turned it on and got the moisture back in the air that has stopped. Plus my hardwood floors and my skin are healthier when I run it.

FYI - if you have A/C don't forget to turn your humidifier off in the summer or you'll end up with an ice block in your furnace!
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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I got a portable Honeywell unit from walmart for around $100 and it humidifies most of one floor with ease. I sort of regret buying it because it seems to make it cooler inside, it's a pain to fill it everyday and I haven't been having many static problems without it, so i haven't been using it much at all.

My point is, you might want to buy one or two portable units ($100 was the high-end, BTW) before investing in a central unit. But that's just my o2.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I have a Honeywell furnace wart. Tapped into the hot water tank for the water supply. Keeps the house at ~15-20% humidity. Works good, lasts a long time.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:03 AM
 
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I self installed a Desert Springs humidifier with the optional flush kit and it works great. A little more costly compared to others available such as Honeywell for self installation but worth the extra. It is a whole house unit that attaches to the furnace.

~ $200 humidifier at Lowes
~ $100 auto flush unit at Lowes

Don't need to change filters - it uses plastic disks that rotate through water in a basin. The auto flush dumps the water every 48hrs and refills with fresh water. Comes with thermostat and overall not too hard to install. Adjustable up to 40% humidity.

p.s.: The waterline connector is made for copper lines. I have pex piping. I ended up attaching a copper stub to my pex manifold then connected the waterline.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Tks for the responses er'ybody. I think I am gonna' go with a Honeywell. I'm jus' tired of getting of the pain!!!

Terytee
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:10 AM
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What is the best way to do this? Buy the unit - hire a plumber? Or contact a plumber and have him/her get/recommend the unit? Either way, sounds like we need a plumber, right? We've never had any type of humidifier...coming from east coast - didn't need one. While my husband is handy, he's never done anything like this. One more thing...if we need a plumber, can someone recommend one they trust / reasonable cost? Thanks a lot,
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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The best thing to do is hire an HVAC tech, not a plumber, and have them order the unit for you. That's what I did for mine.

Many HVAC techs are "dealers" for one brand or another and can get the unit and or spare parts for a better price.

I was fortunate enough to be able to "hire" an HVAC tech that happens to work in my office building during the day and has a side business for after hours work. He is also a dealer for Honeywell products. I think I paid him $300 for the unit and labor. I don't know if that's a typical price for HVAC companies.....doubtful.

I would look online for companies that have good reviews and get at least 3 bids and go from there.

I had a Honeywell unit (HE225) installed onto my heater and haven't had any problems with it. I also like the fact that I can buy new filters for it at Home Depot. Good luck in your search.

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Old 12-02-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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Has anyone had problems with these whole-house humidifiers creating a mold or bacteria problem thru the forced air system? And can it be prevented or mitigated if it occurs?
Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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If you've got mold as a result of your whole house system, I would contact an HVAC company to come out and take a look and see if it's functioning properly.

Mold can be very dangerous to breathe.
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