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Old 12-13-2009, 04:16 PM   #16
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Is your house a single story.

You might want to check into Aprilaire 350 or 360 humidifier.
One is a closet unit, teh other a floor unit.

You might find a closet that has enough room to install it.

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beenthere, it's a one-story house, around 2,100 sf.

Yuri, I'll climb up there and get you a model number.
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #18
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Check into Aprilaires closet unit. Any closet that you can install it in, that would have its discharge in a common area will work.
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:39 PM   #19
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Contact your old guy trusted guy for a duct quote. Have him put the return in the side of the furnace like it's supposed to be and change the supply trunk line.
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Yuri, not sure these will help. I couldn't really see any model numbers on the furnace. The first sticker is from the evaporator, the second from the compressor outside. If these won't do the trick I'll search for my manuals.

Beenthere, I assume the Aprilaire 360 needs drainage or does it? Might be a solution if I can't finish up my TrueSTEAM DREAM.
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Marty, I was just looking at it with the covers off and the two returns go straight to each side of what appears to be a squirel-cage type fan. I imagine my old friend will know what you're talking about, and believe me I'm going to call him first thing in the morning, but what's the difference in that and what you're recommending?
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:52 PM   #22
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Take the front cover off the furnace and find the model number. Where do you live, no abbreviations, I'm Canadian
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I thought the return flex was coming in the back of the furnace. You're OK with them coming in from the sides.
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I'm from Oklahoma. Our winters are like summers compared to yours. In my younger days I toured with a few recording artists that played Canada a lot. I always wondered why we were in Quebec in February and Georgia in August!

I'll check for the model number again.
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Hey, in case you guys haven't heard about it there's a neat new tool out called a flashlight. I used it to find model number G40UH-48B-090-15.
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Ehh when you grow up here you get used to it. I think you should use a 9 gallon and not 12, not enough fan capacity with your size of furnace. You can hook it up for "on demand" use where it runs longer.
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I really want to thank everyone for the advice.

Marty, I'm not sure I understand exactly how the 10' of duct would work, but I assume it would just dead-end and be supported somehow from the rafters? My HVAC pro will probably know exactly what you're talking about.

And Yuri, I had originally planned on a 9 gal unit but after reading quite a few postings on here it seemed that most people recommended over-sizing if in doubt. Your advice seemed to be based on sound logic and the size of my fan. If I'm able to go with a TrueSTEAM I'll certainly go the 9 gal route.

Since you have installed several of them, if you have any other advice goodness knows I'd appreciate it. There's not a whole lot I can do to the house to help. It's certainly not as tight as my old home was, but it's not bad either. And I have installed storm doors on the two outside doors from the main living area.

I understand the concept of the humidity in a truly tight house being maintained just by the activities inside. But it seems like if that were the only problem there wouldn't be such a big difference in the outside and inside humidity. But what do I know. That's why I'm on the DIY forum, not an HVAC Pro!

Anyway, I'll keep you guys posted because your advice is invaluable. And if my HVAC guy has questions, I'll either ask you guys again, or get another HVAC guy.

Thanks again!

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