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HOME HUMIDIFIERS, does this sound right? i just installed one.

Well, I remember asking last year about them and bell-air was the best I heard cause it also had an automatic humidity control.

Well, didn't have time to order it online, and didn't feel like waiting when I woke up this morning and blew my nose and got a noise bleed. Freaking 17% humidity..so went to home depot and picked up the Honeywell (sp?) 30somthing....does 4200 SQFT home..which is what I need with the basement too I figured...and its self powered so it always keeps the humidity at where ever I set it at no matter if the furnace is on or not.


But here is my question..its a nice design and a very well put together...the thing is...is it normal for some water to be trickling down the drain hose WHILE it is running?

If I shut it off the auto water valve will close and the fan will turn off...so I know the valve is not staying open, and the air switch is working basically everything is fine, I just dot know if that is normal.

It does 18 gallons a day, so does that mean its just gonna dump 18 gallons a day as long as the humidifier is on, weither or not I need 18 gallons to be used...just seems wasteful is all.



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Re: HOME HUMIDIFIERS, does this sound right? i just installed one.

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blew my nose and got a noise bleed.


So if you blow your nose, you get audio static?



Since it is a humidifier, my guess is it might be normal for some condensation to drip down the hose. 18 gals does sound excessive though. Whats the instructions say?
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Mine does drain water when its running. Its the excess water that makes it through the fins and down the drain.

Mine is an AprilAire 760..but 18 gallons sounds like a hell of a lot of water. Maybe I should check to see how much mine uses..maybe I'd be surprised how much it is

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The water trickling down the drain is normal. If its not, then theres a problem. Supposed to keep the water from getting stagnant and helps flush the problem causing minerals. Just make sure you do maintenance on it regularly as it calls for, which should be quite simple. The guy that owned my house last let it go, and now its all scaley with frozen solenoid, etc. - still trying to get mine going.

May end up running to Ho-depot myself.
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thanks for the info, the manual says its normal, just thought it was alot, but since you mentioned flushing that would make sense, and mold to not develop...i can already feel the differance and the humidity is climbing...feels good.



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What was mentioned above is right, the draining water is simply water that's used ot rinse the pad. That keeps minerals from buildng up, whic hreduces maintenance and increases pad life. You'll still need to clean the pad once every month or so (see manual)

The best humidifiers are the ones that use steam ,because they can be VERY accurately controlled.

Also basements are typically a litle damp on their own. If it has some cracks or a poor moisture barrier, you might even need a de-humidifier down there. You however have newer contruction so I wouldn;t expect that's a problem.
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Whole crap!!! 17%!!! I thought my place was dry at 23%. The wifey is nagging for me to put one in. I should really get off my lazy ass and get it done......maybe after I do the mods for the bike, that have been waiting since early November

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