House Humidification
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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004
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    Question

    I will be installing a RUUD Model UGRA 92% efficient furnace in a 2200 SQ FT new house and am wondering if I need to install an April Aire whole house humidifier?

    I currently have an 80% Carrier with a April Aire 600 that has been very comfortable in the dry winters in the Midwest.

    A friend told me that once he installed his Lennox 92% efficient furnace in his house he stopped running his April Aire unit because he felt that the upgrade to the 92% efficient caused his house to feel more humid and comfortable in the dry winters.

    Any one have opinions on whether I will need a April Aire with my upgraded efficient furnace?

  2. #2
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    Dec 2001
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    Chicago, N/W burbs
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    Yes, you need a humidifier. As you heat cold air the relative humidity takes a nose dive. Your friend should get a good hygrometer and see what the actual humidity is. He's probably having to keep the house temperature unnecessarily high to compensate for the dryness.
    R2B4BTU

  3. #3
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    If you still have the owner's info packet for your Aprilaire there is a good explanation on why you need a humidifier. Get it now, you'll appreciate it later.

    No static shock
    No dry throat
    No shrinking woodwork
    You'll be comfortable at a lower t-stat settin thus saving money

    [Edited by otto on 07-21-2004 at 09:09 PM]
    R2B4BTU

  4. #4
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    Smile

    Otto-Thank you for your suggestion and confirmation.

  5. #5
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    Bennington, Vermont U.S.A.
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    In short tell your friend that he is full of crap.

    If you have trouble doing this come back here. We can talk you through it.

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