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Old December 30th, 2009, 12:35 AM   #1
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I'm looking into purchasing a home furnace humidifier from Home Depot. I have heard mixed reviews on these Honeywell units. Some say they can't tell the difference and still use stand alone units and others say they like how it works and works well. I don't have a huge home. It's a 1000 sq.ft. ranch with full finished basement. Does anyone have any experience with these? The humidifier and installation kit cost around $250 (approx.) plus any additional items I may need for the installation.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 07:56 AM   #2
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my $75 stand alone unit seems to work better than the furnace unit at my uncles big fancy house. nose felt dryed out instantly walking into his place. mine is a 1800 sqft ranch but i keep the spare bedrooms closed off with no heat going to them. but i keep my temp at 62 and it was probably 72 when i was over there so that may have had an affect to.
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Furnace mounted humidifiers are great. But, in our current home, which is full of exposed wood, there is no way it can generate enough humidity. It only kicks on when the furnace blows heat. Our house retains heat fairly well, so it doesn't kick the furnace on often or for very long. I finally broke down yesterday and bought the 14 gallon per day Essick humidifier from Lowes. It has a built in humidistat and seems to be working well. We could tell the difference in our house within 3-4 hours. It was about $135 or so. It is extremely loud on the highest fan setting, but the low level is acceptable.

I could have added a new relay to the furnace to trigger my humidifier to kick on whenever the furnace blower is engaged, not just when the furnace is actually heating. I leave the blower running 24/7 to circulate the air in the house and push more air through the filter. It is a cheap fix. I just need to find and order the parts. I could also tap the water feed into a hot water pipe rather than the cold water pipe it is attached to now. Warm air will evaporate into the air quicker than cold.
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I have an Aprilaire Model 600 full house humidifier connected to my furnace and it works great, 10 years running (knock on wood) without any problems. You just have to change the 'filter' inside the unit every year, but I do it every two if there isn't a lot of deposits on it.

The only downside is when I start the fireplace for an entire day, then the humidifier doesn't get a chance to run. If I had a stove, I could just put water in a container on top of it. I like what 84Scrambler suggested to wire it up to run with the fan. If you don't have a fireplace, I would definitely get a whole house humidifier.
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I have a honeywell bypass humidifier on my furnace and it works well.
I have the humdistat located upstairs next to the thermostat and set to 30%.

Ever since installing it I no longer get nosebleeds at home, and no more constant static electricity :)
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Main reason for the purchase is due to my severe nose bleeds in the winter. Thanks for all your help. I'll be picking one up after the new year.
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I've installed many whole house humidifiersh, and you want to get a flow through style (or pass through). I don't know what Honeywell you are looking to buy.

You won't have a problem. You won't regret it. I have a house very similar to yours, and it will work just fine.
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Run hot water to the humidifier, it will work better.
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