Whole House Humidifier Advice - HVAC - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-11-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 10
Question

Whole house humidifier advice


Greetings all!

I live in southern New Mexico and the dry winters out here have me contemplating the installation of a whole house humidifer such as the Desert Spring Rotary Disc Furnace-Mount Humidifier.

I have an older PBKM-LD12N080C furnace manufactured circa 1994 that is installed in a small closet in the garage. This is an upflow furnace with a bottom return. Instead of having a conventional cold air return from the attic, indoor air is drawn into the blower from a central location in an adjacent room up through the wooden base/pedestal which supports the furnace.

Manual: (http://www.hamiltonhomeproducts.com/...KD-Install.pdf)





The installation instructions (http://www.desertspringproducts.com/...anual_R2_1.pdf) for the Desert Spring Rotar humidifier, and some other bypass humidifiers, call for mounting the humidifier on the cold air return ducting, though this old furnace wasn't installed with a cold air return. Given that the air is returned through the wooden base--along with the limited space in the furnace closet--I'm wondering if the humidifier can be mounted in another location?

Any help would be appreciated!

Stephen

Advertisement


Last edited by stephen_smith; 01-12-2009 at 01:32 AM.
stephen_smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2009, 08:01 PM   #2
What can I find here?
 
Winchester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 188
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Whole house humidifier advice


You could use a power vented type like the Aprilaire 700??

Advertisement

Winchester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2009, 08:24 PM   #3
An old Tradesmen
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 26,465
Rewards Points: 4,576
Default

Whole house humidifier advice


He might have enough room between the flue pipe and the plenum near the ceiling.
beenthere is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2009, 12:21 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 149
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Whole house humidifier advice


Are you stuck on BypassHumifiers?
integlikewhoa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 02:43 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 78
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Whole house humidifier advice


I had a desert springs rotary humidifier and I wouldn't recommend it in your environment. I live in Denver, so the heat isn't on all the time because it usually is sunny enough during the day that the house heats up on it's own. I didn't notice a difference when I installed mine so I emailed the company for suggestions and they basically told me to turn my heat on higher so the furnace would run more because it wasn't running enough to kick out the humidity. I set my house at 68 degrees. I pulled it out and just bought a few big portable humidifiers, which don't really do crap either. Now I pretty much just live with the fact that everything I touch will give me a shock. I think it would work a lot better in a colder climate.

Last spring I touched the thermostat and the shock was so big that it fried it and I needed to buy a new one. That was what originally prompted me to buy the desert springs humidifier.
epeterson777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bottom return , furnace , humidifier , upflow


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
advice on cold water pipe in basement garage area cambie Plumbing 6 10-15-2008 02:29 PM
cpvc advice on roughing in my house jimmy21 Plumbing 8 07-25-2008 08:38 PM
HVAC humidifier issue rfjm58 HVAC 4 04-12-2007 07:46 PM
Re-siding house jdig Building & Construction 5 04-10-2007 10:15 AM
Need advice and assurance on house issues! Leikela General DIY Discussions 3 12-04-2006 11:10 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts