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Old 12-16-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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First of all, let me apologies for my invasion into the menís field. Weíve bought a project, yes, it is not a house, but a project. 25 years old raised bungalow which we rebuilding and extending. My husband is a construction technician and a millwright, so he does all the jobs. He hates computers and will not sit two minutes to do what Iím doing now.
Here is a question. Our house is around 1400 sq feet on the main floor, and same amount for the basement. We will be adding another 400 or so sq feet to the main floor. At present moment, it is VERY loose. We are working on it. Eventually, it will be tight. There is a chance we will be adding a loft as well (prob. another 500 -600 sq. feet).

Right now, Iím looking into installing HRV and humidifier. I know I donít need HRV in the loose house, but I donít want to start all the mess in the basement again once it will be properly done. The HRV will be two-stage Vanee HRV 90HVECM. My question is Ė what will be best Humidifier in this scenario? I have my eye on Honeywell True Steam 9 gal. Will it be right choice? How to strike the balance between HRV and humidifier? Then there is a window frost questionÖ We are in Ontario, and -10- -20C is our normal winter temp. In the house, we keep it at 20C. We need humidifier only during winter.
Thanks for your help.

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What's your water like? We have very hard water and the true steams are just a pain in the behind to keep operating. You couldn't pay me enough to put on in our house.
Get a good bypass humidifier for now. Once the house is tightened up you might not even need one.

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Aprilaire 600A bypass flow thru humidifier connected to the hot water line will be more reliable. And be able to add more moisture to the air then that TS9.

And cost lots less to buy and use.
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Thanks a lot. Will it work with a tankless water heater?
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What's your water like?
Our water is very hard, but we use water softener.
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Thanks a lot. Will it work with a tankless water heater?
Using the hot water won't work. It doesn't use enough water to bring the heater on.

It will still work to humidify your house though.

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