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My Home is Dry ... Humidifier Help Needed!

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My Home is Dry ... Humidifier Help Needed!

I have a newer home and it is extremely dry. The hardwood floor has even started to separate! I've looked at humidifiers in store and I like the Dyson one (costs approx $500 though). I dont really want to have to buy 4-6 of these things to put throughout my home due to cost and space needed.

Can anyone recommend a humidifier I could use in a 2900 sq foot home. Basement is unfinished so I need it for the main and 2nd floor. Thanks!
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Do you have a forced air heating system?
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Yes, like the other guy said, you can buy the one compatible with forced air and install it to your furnace. it will greatly healp increase the humitity in your house
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As Kryton619 is alluding to, a whole house humidifier installed on your forced air furnace (assuming you have one) is the answer. I just had one installed a week ago, and what a difference! Will be about the same cost (or less) than the Dyson you're looking at, but being on the furnace will humidify the entire house.
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A portable humidifier may be too late or not effective, if your floors are separating already.
I agree to looking into a whole house humidifier at this point.
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rheimy wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 10:11 am
As Kryton619 is alluding to, a whole house humidifier installed on your forced air furnace (assuming you have one) is the answer. I just had one installed a week ago, and what a difference! Will be about the same cost (or less) than the Dyson you're looking at, but being on the furnace will humidify the entire house.
Agreed. We bought our Honeywell bypass humidifier unit online (from Build.ca) last winter ($181) and paid an HVAC guy to do the install (like $80 or something).
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kryton619 wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 9:47 am
Do you have a forced air heating system?
Yes, we have forced air heating.
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rheimy wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 10:11 am
As Kryton619 is alluding to, a whole house humidifier installed on your forced air furnace (assuming you have one) is the answer. I just had one installed a week ago, and what a difference! Will be about the same cost (or less) than the Dyson you're looking at, but being on the furnace will humidify the entire house.
I haven't heard of these. What brand did you get? What should I look for when buying a whole house humidifier?
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The Aprilaire 700m and Honeywell HE360 are popular here. Steam humidifiers work exceptionally well if you don't mind the huge power bills and replacing the $150 steam canister every other year.
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Acheewawa wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 11:49 am
I haven't heard of these. What brand did you get? What should I look for when buying a whole house humidifier?
I installed the model in the link below on my furnace and it has been working great for the last 5 years. While it is a flow through design, the water pulses to cut down on the amount of waste water. Our house is 2800 sq feet so our homes are of similar size.

https://www.amresupply.com/part/12190657
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OP, you need to have a whole home humidifier installed. Make sure the installer uses a tee and ball valve and NOT a saddle valve to tap the water line.
I like this Desert Spring rotary unit, as it wastes very little water.
http://www.desertspringproducts.com/des ... rotary.asp

Until then, you can humidify your house by running your shower on a fine mist setting and closing the drain to let the water stay in the tub and leaving the HVAC fan set to ON. You can also leave containers of water around the house to evaporate.
Also make sure your house is sealed up, no open windows, drafty doors, etc.
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I had an Aprilaire 600m installed. My house is about 2700 sqft including the basement. I didn't do much in the way of research as I have a friend that owns an HVAC company and that was his recommendation. It works well, it brought by humidity up from the high 20s to 40% in no time.
Acheewawa wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 11:49 am
I haven't heard of these. What brand did you get? What should I look for when buying a whole house humidifier?
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rheimy wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 10:11 am
As Kryton619 is alluding to, a whole house humidifier installed on your forced air furnace (assuming you have one) is the answer. I just had one installed a week ago, and what a difference! Will be about the same cost (or less) than the Dyson you're looking at, but being on the furnace will humidify the entire house.
Any concern with mold if the central humidifier filter is not cleaned regularly? Thinking of renting my house in the future, so don't want and future issues.
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rheimy wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 1:34 pm
I had an Aprilaire 600m installed. My house is about 2700 sqft including the basement. I didn't do much in the way of research as I have a friend that owns an HVAC company and that was his recommendation. It works well, it brought by humidity up from the high 20s to 40% in no time.
What is the cost of the unit \ installation? Is your humidifier controlled by and smart-thermostat, is there even such an option for the aprilaire?

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