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Old 04-30-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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I am remodeling a basement area and having a gas furnace installed.

I am contemplating a humidifier option on this as sometimes the hot dry air from a furnace irritates my nose pretty badly.

My basement space is about 1000 sq ft. All rough framing at this point.

My HVAC contractor has quoted me:
The Honeywell Tru Steam - $2,175.32 - Power Steam Humidifier w/50 ft of 1/4in copper - truestream remote hose kit - includes plumber and electrician for connections.

$244.80 - Reverse osmosis filter for power steam humidifiers.

So my question are:

1. Are these good humidifiers?

2. Is a humidifier a good idea? Worth it? Or better to go with a free standing one if needed?

3. When I look up prices for the Honeywell Truesteam there are models from 400-700. This makes me wonder why the bid is for $2,175 on top of the furnace install?

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Old 04-30-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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Are you having a furnace or boiler installed.?
A furnace would have ductwork already and if you have a boiler then some ductwork will have to be installed for the humidifier.
I have never installed a steam humidifier but others have told me that the unit quoted is a very nice unit.

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Yes this would be as part of a furnace install.

It would be an add on that I am contemplating.
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I'd avoid that option. Truesteams are expensive and high maintenance.

Sealing the leaks where the cold,dry air is getting in is the best option. If you still need more humidity after that then a simple bypass humidifier, that's 1/5th the cost installed, will do.
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I agree true steam is if you need a pile of humidity added... flow through would be just fine and a lot less trouble..
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:03 PM   #6
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I also agree that i wouldnt go with the steam. Although, they are great humidifiers the cost and maintenance do not justify them for me. The price that you quoted seems very high, and any reputable hvac company would be able to do all the work, they wouldnt have to sub out the plumbing and electrical. I would look into an april aire 700. They make manual and automatic types. The automatic is nice because it adjusts the humidity level in the home based on the desired percentage and outdoor temperature.
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truesteam is JUNK!
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Thanks all.

@Marty S.

Its more hot dry air from the furnaces that ends up bothering me than cold air. But maybe that is a result of older furnaces?

@pahvac

I think they didn't quote me the electrical and plumbing because I am the general contractor and having the full electrical and plumbing done in the whole level also and just asked them what I needed to get set up for them.
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Is the furnace going to be just for the basement? or will it do the whole house?
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@beenthere its just for the basement.
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Not too many basements need humidity added to them.

Is yours above grade, or below grade?
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It's a daylight basement that is about 75% below grade.
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Sealing the basement will reduce the possibility of you needing a humidifier.
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